Tuesday, December 9, 2008

No Wallowing


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"This is my depressed stance. When you're depressed, it makes a lot of difference how you stand. The worst thing you can do is straighten up and hold your head high because then you'll start to feel better. If you're going to get any joy out of being depressed, you've got to stand like this." ~ Charlie Brown

We like to wallow in our misery. It is so much easier.

If most economic reports for the coming year are even remotely close, it's obvious we will have some difficult days ahead. Spending will need to be cut back. Some may lose their retirement (some already have). On paper many may watch their net worth dwindle. In the worst case scenario some may lose their jobs. Some may be without work for an extended period of time. So what if you find yourself as one who has to endure some or all of these scenarios?

No wallowing.

If you do nothing but listen to the media and many around you, the temptation to wallow in misery will be strong. Misery loves company, so beware, because misery will attempt to freeload at your place.

Instead of wallowing in your misery if you (I'm speaking to myself here too) should find yourself in a difficult situation due to the economic uncertainty, decide ahead of time you are going to turn the moment into an opportunity. The best ideas and most creative thinking can occur when one is desperate and backed into a corner. No wallowing. Only opportunity. The best time to take advantage of this opportunity is to plan ahead for it. Don't wait until you are laid off or having financial issues. Prepare now for the darker days many seem certain may come your way.

I know a little bit about being without a job, so I'm speaking from experience, not rose colored glasses. You really have two options. You can play the blame game and wait for your handout (wallowing), or you can pick yourself up and figure out a way to take advantage of your difficulties (finding opportunity).

The choice is ultimately yours to make. I know what I would suggest. No wallowing.

4 comments:

annajomae said...

I'm depressed. Some stupid punk kid stole my phone AND we know who it was but can't do anything cause he doesn't have it anymore!!!! arghhh!!!!

annajomae said...

so I'M wallowing. Just so you know. ha.

Andrew Weaver said...

That's not cool! But ah... that's a slightly different type of wallowing I'm talking about.

You know, you could always just beat the kid up. I'm just saying.

Ben-jamin. said...

I can't wait to be unemployed and file bankruptcy at the age of 24! That will be a good day.