It's not the end of the world.

As children we hear that from our parents.

As parents we tell it to our children.

As humans we try to say it to ourselves.

Everywhere I look I see financial failings: families that lose their homes, their vehicles, their livelihoods.

And so I fear. There is no real financial security. What if that happens to me? What if I lose my job and can't find another? What if some unforeseen expense overwhelms our ability to pay? Our home, our vehicles, our lifestyle could vanish. What if, what if, what if?

But what if all that did happen?

So what?

I would still have my love and my kids.

They would all still have me.

Libraries have free books.

The park is free to enjoy.

Internet is free all over town.

All the stuff in this house is either replaceable or storable in some relative's garage. (My brother has a really really big basement.)

It would quite literally not be the end of the world.

So being afraid is a waste of energy, a waste of time, and takes me away from the people I love.

How dumb is that?

Mid-year resolution = Don't Be Afraid




  1. .... the insecurities of life.

    Now you made me thinking of losing my job for the many evil things I've done :P

    Have you seen Repo Men? Miss a payment and lose your liver!!

  2. Nice way to look at it. And also it helps not to look down on the people it has happened to. Owning things does make someone more important or more worthwhile. I really like that you put your family at the top of your priority list. Camping out and learning how to survive could even be an adventure. Hopefully you won't ever have to experience loss of job and home but you are right that so many people have been going through just this thing.

  3. makes a lot of sense ... !!! amazing attitude !!! .. simplifies life to a large extent..keep walking on :-)

  4. I think we could all benefit from downsizing a bit so we had a bit more in savings for a "cushion" should things go south. But for some reason we don't and we worry instead... at least I do.

    Like you, I'm lucky to have love of family to rely on and that would make all the difference in the world if I lost everything.

    Hope life is good for you and your loved ones.

  5. I love that resolution.

  6. This was perfectly brilliant. So dead on. Thank you.

  7. excellent mid-year resolution put into its right perspective....


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