All the money is gone and every relationship seems to out of alignment.
You used to be able to but you can’t:
- pay your mortgage,
- pay for your kids education,
- maybe pay for health care coverage, and
- consume what you used to be able to.
What do you do now or more precisely How much worse can it get?
That is a very good question and one that you might want to consider any time.
Let’s take an inventory. I have my:
- marriage (25 years in 2009),
- great relationships with my children,
- a challenging, raucous, and ever-vigilant extended family,
- a small group of intimate friends and a large group of brothers,
- sustainable physical, mental and spiritual health,
- exceptional education and life experiences,
- an improving capacity to financially support my family, and
- work that has deep, profoundly gratifying returns to me.
When I look around, I’m a very lucky guy.
And when I look at the list now, those assets were there before, during and are certainly there after the tempest. I just forgot about them for awhile, that’s all. It’s easy to take for granted these gifts.
I went through a fire and became hardened. I have the feeling of moving along a path, very much alone but with some very sharp companions, just there in the thicket, out of sight. A weird idea, I know.
To me, yes, there’s lots of things worse than economic poverty.