What Economic Downturn Is


Is definitely hard 


It means insecurity, financial or otherwise. Panic attacks.  It means holding on really tight to whatever job you have and refusing to budge even when the employers are already talking about bankruptcy and how it might help if some are let go.


Is very near


It is more than palpable.  You look at the people you know who are hit and you worry or cry with them. You wish you had some spare to share but of course you don’t have any.

Is humbling


Gone now the trips to shopping centers and book shops and the not-thinking-right buys.  It’s cutting spending in the bud – so stay at home, not go out at all. It means exerting more effort in packing lunches and in setting off early to take buses or the other means of public transportation.  Maybe the car pickup arrangement already has to go or the taxi has become too inconsiderately wasteful. And now you begin to seriously count even the coins as part of your cash.


But also a catalyst for change


It’s pruning, overhauling, spring-cleaning, serious cost-cutting.  It means giving an ultimatum to your indolent and now indulgent self to get its act together.  It means changing your attitude or character and developing ways to survive.  It means knowing how to roll with the punches really well. Recession is ignoring the used to be so achy body aches and gathering your strength and wits, and just keep going. 


Time for an upgrade or a reboot


Curiously enough, it’s also the time when you need to reassess your current skill set and go for an upgrade or a complete reboot of your wares. It’s during times of recession when the spotlight is put on what you have actually brought to the table. It may be too late for you at this point, but with the reflection hopefully comes the stronger will to do something about it. Then when the recession blows over, you’ll be glad you did. You’ll have come out a much better person for it.

September 8, 2017
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