"I've got all the money I'll ever need, if I die by four o'clock this afternoon." - Henny Youngman
"Here is a useful shopping tip: You can get a pair of shoes for $2.50 at bowling alleys."
"I want a one-armed economist so that the guy could never make a statement and then say "on the other hand..." -Harry Truman
About 4 years ago, I was presented with a book by Donald Trump & Robert Kiyosaki "Why We Want You To Be Rich". This $25 hardback of a monster, explained in the purist of simple intelligence where our economy is as a country and where it was going. They knew where we were heading and why we are where we are. The sad and ugly truth is, the only way we can change it is if WE, the consumers, start producing.
Somewhere in the 20th century we became snotty brats where all we did is demand, demand, demand. For faster things, newer things, portable things all in the name of NOW.
Technology today is AMAZING! I'm still impressed by high speed internet, and how awesome it is to communicate with people in seconds. We are incredibly connected that people would start itching if they were without their phone for over 2 hours.
It seems that because of our NOW attitude, we're all paying the price and feeling it very much especially in our pockets. Cutting our expenses isn't enough, recycling isn't enough, and layoffs... well, who's that really helping?
I think the moral of this story is: If you want to work, then PRODUCE work. If you want a job, then CREATE a job. If you need money, then MAKE money (legally of course). It's easier said than done, but I know I'm not alone in pursuing my life in this way. Better to be successful in what you love to do for a life time, not in what you like in the mean time.
(photos: courtesy of my mom from an email/ photographers unknown)