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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Emotional Stimulus?

Try as I might, I just can't seem to ditch or dodge the discussion about the economic stimulus package needed to boost consumer confidence, getting unemployed people employed, helping the housing market, and so on. It is clear that our new president has an enormous burden upon him. We can only hope, and pray, that he'll be successful. Meanwhile, however, many of us are grappling with the loss of a job, or the inability to pay bills and meet monthly rent or mortgage payments. Try as we might, the prognosis for economic recovery is bleak at best. However, I'm convinced that an emotional stimulus is needed. I'm thinking an emotional stimulus as being a way for each of us to stave off the pitfalls of constantly hearing about bad and bleak news so that we can remain hopeful and optimistic, not blindly so, but remaining consciously aware of better times and improved conditions returning if we are feeling the pinch. An emotional stimulus that doesn't require an approval of a majority, but simply an acknowledgement that times are tough in many ways, but that times aren't tough in every single way. Just looking into the eyes of a youngster or senior and gleaning the warmth and depth of love that they often offer is proof enough that circumstances, good or bad, are never permanent but ever changing and evolving.

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