Sometimes it helps to know that we are not alone on the ‘struggle bus’ of our current economic times!
That’s what I want to talk about today.
I’ve talked to so many people in the last month that are really struggling economically. They’ve had to cut back, make hard decisions about what to give up and about what to try to continue to hold on to. Then there’s the mental aspect of it all, over time it starts to wear on you, it just does!
I don’t have any magic solutions, there are none! It does no good to wish you had done things differently in the past that would have made the ‘present’ possibly easier to navigate. Maybe it would have and maybe it wouldn't!
If you’re feeling guilty about any financial decisions you’ve made in the past, I want you to stop. The past is the past and from this moment on, you're not living in that past and you need all your wits about you to navigate what we are all dealing with now.
It’s time to stop beating yourselves up, pull up your bootstraps and start working with what’s in your hands right now! I want to put emphasis on ‘what’s in your hands’ right now, not your friends’ hands, your neighbors’ hands, or anyone else’s hands, your and only your hands right now.
I want you to spend your time searching out ways to make 'better for your family' decisions. I want you to stop living your life through someone else’s’ … example … just because something saves money or works for one family doesn’t mean it will work for yours. Don’t fall into the comparison trap, just because someone online, who has similar circumstances as you, look like they have it all together, it doesn’t necessarily mean they do. Remember that the online world shows you what they want you to see which is not always the whole picture.
I want you to know that it’s okay if you are struggling financially, financial struggles do NOT in and of themselves make you a bad person. It only makes you a person who like most of the rest of us are just trying to hold it all together the best we can.
So, what’s the purpose of this little rant, it’s simply to let you know that you are not alone! That’s all! Let’s stop pretending that everything is okay, it’s not! Let’s start reaching out and encouraging each other and most importantly let’s not forget that we DO have each other!
Picture: Don't those peanut butter chews look delicious! Hubby made those for a Thanksgiving potluck meal we had at church recently and yes, they were as good as they look!
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