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Food for Thought: One Man’s Story for Dealing with the Bad Economy

 

Here’s a story from Jack Burke of Branson, Missouri, a friend who happens to record our Psychology of Money CD programs.

“Last night Jo Ann and I spent the evening at the local food pantry. (This was the first evening it had ever opened — and we did so without advance notice or promotion.) Here in our little town of Branson, we had 17 families show up between the hours of 6 and 8 PM. The range was from transient and homeless to large families who had recently lost their homes and those living in motel rooms. Aside from food, a four year old received a warm winter coat (as did about another 12 people) and a homeless man (distinguished-looking and proud), who had just been released from the hospital, received a set of clothing, shoes, and a sleeping bag and blanket to keep warm in the car in which he was living. (20 degrees here last night).”

“Here’s the key — afterwards we were hungry and had planned to stop at a restaurant for dinner. Neither of us could do that, after what we had seen. We went home and just sort of foraged for a late dinner — I simply had cereal — which would have been a luxury to those we had just served.”

Jack concluded by telling me he felt a profound sense of gratitude for the opportunity to help make a difference in his community and a renewed appreciation for his life.

Now think about when you last did something like Jack did? How did you feel afterward? Did it increase your feelings of abundance and Prosperity Thinking? Did it reduce your feelings of scarcity and Poverty Thinking? Did you feel more empowered or victimized? If you felt the former types of feelings, we suggest you do something like what Jack did. What can you do to help someone in your community to feel better about today’s bad economy? Now take action, and do it!

Regular Blog post are scheduled to start in early March 2009.

We look forward to taking a more active role in supporting you during these extremely challenging financial times.

 

James W. Gottfurcht, Ph.D.

www.psychologyofmoney.com

Zoreh Gottfurcht

www.coachzoreh.com

 

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