*This is a post I wrote about a year ago…I still feel it applies, so here it is again:
I’ve felt some stirrings for quite a while now, and I’ve decided I can’t wait any longer to share.
I have felt very strongly that these troubling economic times are our golden opportunity for greatness.
I believe that this is the chance we need to show what kind of people we truly are. Do we really mean it when we say we’d give the shirt off our back to help another? How many of us really mean it when we say, “what’s mine is yours”, or “anything I can do to
help, anything you need”? We are facing a time that is scary. We all personally know people who have been laid off, or who are struggling, now more than ever, to make ends meet. This is our chance to not only survive the times, but to DO WELL IN THEM!!! It won’t happen, however, if we don’t work together. It simply cannot.
In my ward, I teach a frugal/self reliant living class, and we’ve heavily emphasized
this point. We’ve talked about the importance of using the resources we have
available to us RIGHT NOW, instead of always searching for different resources that are not available this very minute.
WE are our best resources! WE are all we need! For example:
*My neighbor has two huge cherry trees. Every year she calls me up and MANY others in the neighborhood to share in the adundance.
*Last year when I received over 50 lbs of apples from my grandfathers’ trees, I
made applesauce, pie filling, apple syrup, etc and shared with my neighbors.
*When a friend found that my son needed a sports trampoline for part of his
sensory therapy, she brought me over an old one she was no longer using.
*I used all of our green tomatoes that didn’t ripen before the cold came and made “almost raspberry jam” (It’s good, I swear!) I then let everyone I knew about the recipe, so their tomatoes wouldn’t go to waste.
*This year, we are sharing a couple of grow boxes in our yard with a neighbor who’d like to try gardening this year, but doesn’t have a lot of time to start.
*We are planning a “clothing, toy, household stuff” swap for our neighborhood in June.
*We’ve been blessed with whole new wardrobes for everyone in my family, with the exception of my poor husband:-) SO many people have handed us down clothing that no longer fits them, that we can use. We have, in turn, passed on items that we’ve outgrown to others.
The point I’m trying to make with all these examples is this: this economic turndown is not the end of the world. Yes, money is tighter for most, if not all of us. Yes, we’re gonna have to get creative to save money. But when we put our minds, talents, and resources together, we really can have it all, and MORE! Because when we are working together, we are not only blessed in things temporal and physical. We feel a unique and beautiful sense of unity, of oneness, of togetherness.
You wanna be self-reliant? Look in the mirror. There is your solution. YOU be the resource you know you can be for others. YOU are the change you seek. And OTHERS will be a resource to you. Don’t let these times get ya down. Take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to become a truly generous, kind, GREAT person!!!