November 13, 2007
Skeery Economy? Yes. Is it Smart to be Scared? No.
If you want to get skeered and all shivery about the economy, just go read these guys for awhile and then start panic-plotting how you, too, can move to Asia, or start stockpiling gold, or become self-sustaining, off the grid in the outback somewhere:
The Daily Reckoning
The Rude Awakening
The Housing Bubble 2
These guys sound savvy and on the mark, and they've been proven right over time. You should know what's happening here. And, yep, it's sounding bad.
Of course, you can read all this and choose not to fear, but instead to figure out what is best for you to DO.
One thing that's obvious when you just look at the foreclosure rates alone is that a lot of folk are having to tighten their budgets and live a different lifestyle because of events that have been thrust upon them. They're going to have to deal with grief and loss and probably shame -- that's a lot already without a big bunch of fear thrown on top.
They've been forced to simplify their lives, without the accompanying value and lifestyle choices that others have done in advance, like those who label themselves "Voluntary Simplifiers," for example.
People that are forced to live simply are very different from those of us who have chosen to live Simple Lives as a positive, proactive choice.
If you've chosen Simplicity, don't change now, just keep moving forward.
You already know how not to be a lemming, and you already know how to appreciate what you have, and you know how to implement change and not stay stuck.
If you've had Simplicity thrust upon you, there's lots of negative emotions to fight -- but it's isn't a bad thing to live a simple life. For lots of us, it's the best life ever.
Abundance and material wealth are two very different things.
Hang in there.
Everything is going to be alright.
You've got you, remember?