Let’s just jump right in here, shall we? There’s been a lot of talk about the recession. Of course. It’s life-changing. It’s hard. It’s multi-faceted. It’s affects family. We are fortunate, in this household, to work for a company that is debt-free. They will ride out the next few years, but not without some serious trimming. The Boy’s job is stable… but that was yesterday and stranger things have happened. We will take nothing for granted. Our neighbors and members of our family, on the other hand, are in trouble. Our state is at 11% unemployment. Things are not pretty ’round here.
So, I make things. It’s how I cope with the matters at hand. I make apple pie and I make skirts and I make rugs and I make dinner. I clean out our freezer and I buy on sale. I consolidate trips into town and I make lists so I don’t forget things. I make the bed and I go to the library and I recycle everything I possibly can. I make change in my tiny little corner of the world… a little bit, but change. On some way-down-deep level, I think I am making things safe… real… practical for our family, which makes me feel better when straits are dire.
We can’t avoid this recession, so I’m jumping in. This kind of economic shock, re-evaluation, cut-back, adjusting… I truly believe it’s good for the soul. A kind of large-scale Winter, if you will. Start over. Dig deep. Clean out the proverbial and literal pantry. Less excess. Reach out to others. Plant bigger gardens. Figure out how to become more efficient. Make change. And, while we are laying low here on the farm, we will certainly be taking the time to count our blessings and pray for change. Change in our hearts. Change in priorities. Change for our neighbors.
It will be a great disservice to yourself and those who watch you (like the beauty in the photo above) if you just sit back and give up. These are hard, hard times. But we must work through it… literally work through it somehow. We’ve been asked to go up to the mountain. So, go. Listen. I know you are tired, but go on again. I am right behind you.
How are you making change these days?