Monday, 9 December 2013

Recession Smercession

I feel like North America, and most of Europe, has been in a recession for long enough now that it's starting to become just a part of life. Frugality is the new normal for so many families including our own. Although I wouldn't exactly call this period of our history that harsh. I'm sure people in Somalia would laugh out loud at our idea of hardship. "A recession you say, somehow corresponding with an obesity epidemic, HA"!

 Personally I am sort of glad that my children are growing up in the "doom and gloom" of it all. I imagine that it will make them more ambitious and more tough. Much like children of the depression held on to their frugal and hard working ways their whole lives. I hope it will make my kids generation more aware of what things matter and what things are irrelevant.
Perhaps they will be less wasteful than their parents (me), and less expectant.

Growing up I always just expected our lives to be full of mind blowing opportunity. "Just you wait till those baby boomers retire, you'll have so many options" my high school economics teacher would say! And although we have really been amazingly blessed, "real" jobs are such a scarcity these days that when you have one you hold on to it for dear life no matter what. I truly dread being out of work in this economic climate. Apparently so do baby boomers, as they don't seem to be retiring any time soon (not that you should Bonnie, just keep on truckin).  But perhaps my children will not have the same outlook on what's ahead for them and what they deserve. No one just deserves a good job after all, or a nice house or car. You must struggle for all these things. Go figure.

So not to end on a gloomy note here is some encouragement from the bible.

Jeremiah 29:11-13
'For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. 'Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 'And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

Where did it all go wrong! 

1 comment:

  1. The girls called me and just wanted me to confirm that any Gideon-austerity measures don't include cheaping out on Christmas presents. Evie said she'd move in with Grandma if that happens...

    love - kath