Wednesday, March 25, 2009

putting the recess in recession

So far, I've had very little to complain about.

Sure, I'm on a salary freeze but, then again, I still have a salary. I haven't yet put enough space between me and the eight-month unemployment phase of 2007/2008 (*shudder*) that I can't recall a balance preceded by "-" so I'm quite content with my salary, frozen as it is.

Andrew and I have been able to buy a house. Not just any house, but a newly gutted and renovated house in a nice neighbourhood, for $36,000 less than the asking price. Still in our late twenties and not yet married a year...yeah, we're doing OK.

Did I mention our mortgage rate? Maybe I shouldn't. Lusting is a sin.

Overspending is out of fashion, creative money-saving techniques are in. Since last week coworkers of mine ran an impromptu slide-to-Polaroid transfer workshop and Googled how to press flowers. Did I mention the flowers were left over from what we collected together, as an office, to help support CANFAR's "Spring For Life" campaign?

Stores are vying to host the best sales, brown-paper-bagging is hip, bartering is back, political parties are getting back to the basics, international cooperation trumps imperialism, and we're beginning to realize that money doesn't grow on trees, debt is not our friend, and short-term sacrifice can equal long-term gain.
"recession": ORIGIN mid 17th century: from Latin recessio(n-), from recess- ‘gone back’
"I feel like the only thing that will save us, is if something huge that we never thought could be taken away from us, is suddenly gone. I just think it's our time to struggle. This is what will save us from ourselves. Families will dig deeper to connect in ways we have forgotten. We will value work and money in important ways again. We will be quick to help others because we will have known what it means to struggle. We will put focus on our communities to keep them safe and look out for our neighbors that might be reaching their end. We will remember to save. In the end if things get bad enough and the struggle is long, we will take back our country from greed. We have to struggle long enough to get past the mindset that if we just keep spending money everything will be okay again."
- Pacing the Panic Room


Seth Kimberley Graham Hunter said...

I ruv it

Lois said...

in order to not be just a 'clanging gong', we need to think how we are going to put the rubber to the road... and I don't mean pressing flowers... how are we taking back our countries from greed, digging deep to connect with our families, and helping our neigbours?... maybe by not being like the pharisee who went to the temple to pray and said," I thank you, God, that I am not as other men are, and even like this sinner here."

Andrew G said...

everything is changing... I love being ahead of the change curve... don't you?