Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Dealing With Fear

I had a conversation this morning with a friend who is losing sleep over the economy.
She is afraid of being homeless.
She is also afraid that our lives as Americans are going to change so radically as to be painful.

It is possible things could get that bad. We should take nothing for granted.

Personally, I am concerned about our elderly that are trying to make it on fixed incomes. We do not take care of our older relatives like we used to and yet we expect someone is going to take care of us.

I believe we are going to learn some amazing things as Americans. Things our grandparents took for granted that we would remember.

Those in public office are being challenged to draw on the good in them, put aside the power struggles and make the best decisions they can. Will they all, probably not. Those that do will be better for it.

I read an excellent quote from Thomas J. Watson Jr. Thomas was CEO at IBM from 56-71.

"Any organization, in order to survive and achieve success, must have a sound set of beliefs on which it premises all it policies and actions. I believe the most important single factor in corporate success is the faithful adherence to those beliefs. Finally, the organization must be prepared to change everything about itself except those beliefs."

As a person or as a nation, we will have to change to survive. Where we draw the line on what our core beliefs are, what we act on despite our fears, determines our destiny.


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