Let’s Hang on to What We’ve Got

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Having one of those days? Decades? Seems the world is conspiring against you? Join the club.

One of the myths we’ve had to grapple with is that we could expect to live as well or better than our parents did. They told us that would be true.

This recession has been a shock. Multiple factors of happenstance, corporate greed, and personal avarice gone wrong have eroded our bank accounts and altered our lifestyles. Yes, there are signs of a recovery, but it hasn’t trickled down very far.

Stress. Makes us do weird things—turn inward, get angry, in general, not BE NICE. Living feeling cheated, victimized is like having a burr under your saddle blanket.

But, like I said to a client: “You’re not where you want to be, but are there ways in which you’re where you need to be?” She perked up like a lightbulb switched on.

This involuntary step back has given a lot of us the opportunity to reassess the values we’ve been living by. Reevaluate “wants” versus “needs”. Gain a sense of pride in less is better, confidence that we’ll be OK, reprioritize.

The Finns have a word, sisu, which means “strength of will, determination, perseverance, and acting rationally in the face of adversity.” I’m half Finnish, and, by golly, have I got sisu.

The song says, “Let’s hang on to what we’ve got,” but do so lightly. You may have to share, or give it up. But you’ll be OK.

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7 thoughts on “Let’s Hang on to What We’ve Got

  1. elden

    I think it’s was Suzi Orman that said “Don’t think about what you had, think about what you have”. Probably good advise.

  2. Rose

    Nice!

  3. Gary

    Matthew 6:19-21,
    19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust[a] destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

    None of us really have anything. Savings, investments, IRAs 401K or whatever mattress we stuff our retirement nest egg into can be gone in the blink of an eye.

    We do not truly own anything. If a government wants my property for some reason such as building a highway, then they bring in this thing called Immanent domain and can legally take possession of my home whether it is paid for or not.

    Another example, try to stop paying taxes on your car or your home and see how long you keep them.

    Don’t forget what Jesus tells us in Matthew 22: 17-21:
    17 Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” 18 But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? 19 Show me the coin for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius.[c] 20 And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” 21 They said, “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

  4. Yep, legal victimization. Then I remember that nothing happens in our lives but that God allows it. And He doesn’t make mistakes. Whether we feel it or not, we trust in His goodness. I’m trusting He’ll sort out the IRS!

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