How Not To Be Embarassed By The Recession

 Like many people in the world today I have made much, and now have lost much. Once a thriving drywall contractor with work coming in daily, nice house, nice cars, able to go anywhere at anytime, then it all crashed. Divorce, helping others out with their hard time, being ripped off by unscrupulous contractors and homeowners I lost it all. I had to move out of the area to get my life going again, but I held my head low….until.                                                                                                                                                                 We all have seen how the elected leaders of our country have voted to help major companies out of their self-induced finacial woes at the taxpayers expense, only to have these corperations spit in our face when we need help. Some how this way of doing business just seemed wrong to me, only to watch these corperate leaders take vacation on our hard earned money. The Human Being in me said it is wrong to just leave and let these institutions have my property back at below market value. Then again I said to myself they treated me like garbage, threatened and even degraded my family, calling me names and calling all hour of the day and night to get what I have already gave then through my local elected politician, bailout money. Some where in my blue collar mind I realized I was paying them twice, once in taxes and then again to the institution. So I held my head high and said, take my property there are yours, but I will do the best I can to get you some money through short sale of these properties. So I got myself a good HONEST realtor and let her do the work. She eagerly took on the task, assuring me I was not the only one who was going through this situation

 Noticing that I was not the only one in this position helped ease my guilt a little. Thousands and thousands of other people are in the same boat that I am in. Just because life and the financial dealings of others have thrown me a strike with a spit ball, does not mean I need to wallow in it. Even though work was not coming in, or nowhere to be found, does not mean I have to get on a pity party. So I held my head high, tightened my belt and went on with life.

 One of my hobbies is cooking and noticing there was a market for good safe, sustainable products got me thinking. Inside all of us is an entrepreneur spirit that is just waiting to come out, so I decided to get mine out again. You see I have always liked being my own boss and thought I AM going to give this a shot, and I did. Check out the new niche in society and look into it, there could be money made in it. We all have an idea, or hobby that we can turn into some sort of income. The secret is to start small and work slowly, increasing little by little. Working on ones idea helps bring a little confidence back in ones life. 

So with this going I decided to do a little volunteer work, to help me keep a clear mind and help my head high. This also helped bring back more confidence back into me. Seeing others benefit from my volunteering helped bring new ideas into my new found business. Funny how not focusing on one thing can bring new ideas for another thing, which is what volunteering did for me.

 But still I saw abuses of society with manipulating benefits, but those of us who really need them are shunned off because we are a majority. Looking hard to see if somewhere, somehow I could find assistance went nowhere. But there are people around who are willing to help without asking for anything in return. Working together we will make it, and that is what we need to do. So stop complaining, find others who are in the same situation you are in, work together with them, not against them. Do not try to hide your problems, swallow your pride, because it will kill you. Look deep into yourself, find a goal and work for it, do not worry what others think because they could be in the same boat you are in.

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