Today I learned of three loved ones who are now unemployed. Three. In one day.
And another is days away from being laid off with a wife and young family to feed.
Salaries are decreasing to keep businesses afloat, to keep employees employed.
Economic skidding and crashing has reached into all our homes with its upsets and challenges.
It used to be that once a job was lost another was quickly found. No prob.
But now - well, it's not certain another will be found right away.
Is this what the Great Depression felt like, this uncertainty?
At the same time there is gratitude for what we have. Tom is employed and so are the boys. Times are normal for us in that regard but it feels more precious now as we witness the losses of others and as we realize it could very easily happen to us. Why not?
Every choice to purchase is weighed against that void of unknowing called 'the future.'
And every moment that we share is noticed. We notice the quiet evenings safe and warm and well-fed. We notice the children happy and pursuing interests. We notice pay-checks and groceries. We notice all that is free - walks around the park, raking leaves together, star-gazing. And we notice the comfort of good choices made which could pad us for awhile from a crash that may come this way.
If this is another depression what will we call it?
Let's hope it's the Small Depression. Or the Insignificant Depression. Or the Short Depression.
Or the Little Blip.
May this post find you warm, comfortable, safe, and content in the midst of those you love!