I remember a conversation I had a few years ago that beautifully illustrates what I mean by waiting for life to “get back to normal.” I was talking to a gas-station attendant in a small mountain town about the weak economy and how people in the area were coping.
“How are things in this part of the world?” I asked. “Has business been good here?” With a shrug, the woman behind the counter stopped counting the change in the cash register and looked at me. “Do you really want to know?” she asked.
“Absolutely,” I said with a smile as I handed her my credit card. “I wouldn’t ask if I didn’t.” Continue Reading
It’s no secret that our world is in trouble. To many people, the problems just seem too big, and the solutions too unlikely, for them to take any kind of action. When we’re feeling overwhelmed, it’s often easier to deal with it all by ignoring the crises.
A perfect example of this, is what was happening to the world’s economic system in 2007. Even with the warning signs of the analysts blazing and the alarms of the experts blaring, no one wanted to believe what was happening to the financial systems of the world, and where the economy was headed. It’s too big to fail, was the thinking. They [the governments] could never let it break. And precisely this kind of thinking was the basis for the way in which loans were handled, and how money was disbursed and spent in the U.S. at the time.
In July 2008, I was speaking with the financial advisor who was responsible for the life savings of a retired family friend. Continue Reading