Do It Myself Blog – Glenda Watson Hyatt

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Choosing to be Wealthy During this Economic Downturn

Filed under: Motivation — by at 5:21 pm on Friday, March 27, 2009

“Middle Class Family Loses Everything” scream the headlines across the world.

Times are tough for many right now. People  are losing their jobs and their homes in record numbers. Uncertainty about what lies ahead looms.

Having lived through my parents’ struggle with the 18% mortgage interest rate in the mid-1980s and selling our home just before the bank foreclosed, I understand how stressing these times are for thousands of families.

But I take exception with statement that people “have lost everything”. They may have lost every possession, every thing. But they still have much. They still have their education, skills, knowledge, experience, expertise. They still have their grace, compassion, empathy and the capacity to love. Those things cannot be taken away or lost.

Stop reading for a moment and acknowledge all that you have right now: your heart is pumping blood, you are breathing, you have the ability to perceive and comprehend these words. What else do you have right now, in this moment? How wealthy do you feel, in this moment?

How you handle the next moment is your choice. You can choose to dwell on what you don’t have, on what is not going right in your life. Or you can pick yourself up, dust yourself off and try again, using your wealth on hand. The choice is yours. Which do you choose?

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Comment by Lillie Ammann

March 27, 2009 @ 8:39 pm


Apologies if this is a duplicate comment. The first time I tried to leave it, I got a “page not found” error when I clicked submit.

I appreciate this advice. I almost the exact words in your last paragraph in response to a comment on my blog just today. We don’t have to pay attention to the doomsayers—we do have a choice.

Comment by Joanna Young

March 28, 2009 @ 12:13 am

What a powerful post Glenda, and so true.


Comment by Bob Easton

March 28, 2009 @ 2:15 am

You, young lady, are very wealthy indeed.

Thanks Glenda for being an inspiration instead of a “Chicken Little.” You’re right on!!!

Comment by Sonia Simone

March 29, 2009 @ 6:52 pm

This is such a great post, and a point that’s so easy to forget. Thanks for making it.

Comment by Janice Cartier

March 29, 2009 @ 7:32 pm

Amen. A little perspective and a deep breath all round.

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