The Dreaded "R" Word

Why are the leaders so afraid of saying "recession"? Do they think that the jobless hordes and the struggling business owners haven’t noticed that times are tough?

Herein lies the problem. "Recession" is a word that seems to be a sentence, a death sentence. Some people are panicking, running around like Chicken Little and igniting more panic. Others have resigned themselves to the sad destiny associated with this dreaded "R" word.

I’ve chosen not to dwell on it.

It’s not denial. My refusal is a reflection of my determination not to cave into the harsh perception associated with living/working/surviving in a recession.

A profession athlete or a special forces member will tell you that you can work through the pain if you choose to. It’s not the pain that hurts; it’s your perception of the pain. Choose not to acknowledge the pain and move on.

A friend of mine told me that when she was in labor, she used her breathing techniques to remain calm and visualized the baby that she would soon hold in her arms. The pain didn’t matter, she said, because it was just a short-term situation. The baby was the long-term reward. Looking back, she says, she doesn’t remember the feeling of the pain, only the rapture of the birth.

So, if you shift your thinking past the present and focus on what you need to do in order to create your own success, you will achieve.

So, I’ve decided not to participate in the recession. That’s it. Like John Grisham’s tale, "Skipping Christmas,” I’ve decided to skip this temporary situation and live my life as I always do, committed to finding solutions rather than ramming my head into the same brick wall day after day after day. That just gives me a headache.


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