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Creating Change

There is no denying that our country is in trouble. Many analysts agree that this is the worst recession since the Great Depression. If the nation continues to spend what it doesn't have by borrowing (adding even more to our out-of-control deficit) or printing more money (hyperinflation and de-valuation of the dollar) it will again suffer another, possibly even 'greater', depression than the one nearly 80 years ago.

Are these facts or mere speculation? You be the judge. Consider that throughout history, among numerous civilizations across the globe, there seems to be the recurring prosperity cycle. Individuals, or groups, go from having very little to having a great deal. Arrogance, entitlement and greed set in; soon to be followed by the natural consequences of loss. They begin to lose possessions and privileges and may even be reduced to poverty. They start to re-build, start to accumulate, just to have the cycle start all over again.

"Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it." - George Santayana

Is our current economic crisis history repeating itself? In some instances; yes. Even though the issues we currently face are different from those in 1929, or of other historical prosperity/poverty cycles; the thinking, emotions and behaviors behind the crises are similar.

So, what do we do with this dismal data? Are we doomed? I don't think so. Consider it a warning. Our nation and global economy are indeed suffering some severe consequences, but, we do not have to continue spiraling downward. If we will but heed the warning and start to make new choices with the way we consume, individually and as a nation, we need not be doomed to repeat historical cycles.

Create change by taking responsibility

Start by taking personal accountability and responsibility. Yes, many parties played a part in this crisis, but let's not waste time and energy pointing fingers. You are responsible for your life and the world you live in. Even if you feel that you played no part in our current economic circumstances, take responsibility anyway, as that is the only way you can create change.

Create change by taking action

Take a look at your personal beliefs about money and what you do with yours. Get involved in civic matters and know how your tax dollars are being spent, both locally and nationally. Speak to your local representatives so that Washington will know what America wants and needs most at this critical time. Own your democratic voice while you still have one.

Create change by taking a look at your thoughts and attitudes

There are many and varied specific actions we can take to help reverse the downward cycle; which will require some time and effort. But, there are also some things we can do that require little or no overt action; and that is to change our thought process and perspective. Focus on what is good about our lives, our nation and even our economy.

The following are some words of wisdom that would serve us all to reflect upon and contemplate:

Put Discouragement Behind You

Just as quickly and easily as you can become discouraged, you can let go of that discouragement. The only power that discouragement has, is the power you give it. Though the challenges are great, you are greater. For you can act and learn and adapt, and act again with even more effectiveness. If you feel yourself sinking into the false comfort of discouragement, choose instead to stand up. Boldly take a few steps forward, lovingly recall your deepest purposes and your most treasured dreams, and put that discouragement behind you.

Though there is always injustice in the world, there is always even more opportunity to make a positive difference. Though the challenges keep appearing, in each challenge is the chance to create new positive value.

You can decide how your life will be. And you have the power to make it so.

This is your moment to pick your head up, put a smile on your face, and with a quickness and determination in your step, move forward. Look toward your best possibilities, for you are here now to achieve great things. - Ralph Marston

"Put Discouragement Behind You" Copyright 2009 Ralph S. Marston, Jr. Used by permission. From The Daily Motivator at http://greatday.com

"When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." Wayne Dyer