When a situation occurs that can ultimately affect the way your life can possibly turn out for the worst, there is one of three possible choices you can make to react to this condition. You can decide to panic, do nothing and adapt, or become innovative.
Considering the economic conditions we are facing in this country with unemployment in the double digits, the increasing home foreclosure rate and diminishing property value, and healthcare prices through the roof, people are wondering how is it possible to save even a dollar; especially with taxes increasing every time a politician sneezes. With the constant negative fluctuation of U.S. currency, upheaval with our political officials, the threat of nuclear warfare, and white-collar crime increasing, whom do we trust with our future earnings—whom do we trust with our lives? Our military men and women are committing suicide at an alarming rate. Three quarters into the year 2010, the military experienced twice the number of suicides from the previous year. Americans are angry and fed up with our government sending government civilian personnel and troops over to defend and help build the economies of other nations as they perform such a task under volatile conditions, while the U.S home front is collapsing under the weight of social programs, wasteful spending, excessive taxes and a bureaucracy that apparently does not care about its own citizens.
Already, some people are surmising that the American ship is going down and have decided to check out of this life by committing suicide. Panic appears to be the choice of some people. However, when a person panics, all self-control is lost and the ability to think clearly is cluttered with ‘what ifs’ that have nothing to do with what is. Let me suggest to you that this is not a time for panic, but sober contemplation. We cannot assume the phrase, “We will not go down without a fight.” We must only consider the phrase, “We will not go down!” With this attitude, fortitude is established and focus intensity is applied. Therefore, when politicians fail, pandemonium is served, and conditions are other than favorable. Who do you trust…trust God!
There are people who do nothing in this country but complain and adapt to environments without any attempt to create change. “What can one man do” they exclaim while conditions worsen around them. They are wielded into the declining conditions as a permanent fixture, never to rise above it. There is still another choice that should be considered, and yes, it is the best choice of all.
It was Plato who said that necessity is the mother of invention, and believe me, innovation is the prevailing thought. There are a people who have displayed resilience under severe and sometimes unbearable circumstances and have come out even more determined to live on. Jewish people, whom I have had the wonderful privilege of engaging and hearing their stories, have encouraged me in more ways than one could possibly imagine.
If Jewish people were forbidden in one direction, they would excel in another. When Jews were prohibited to deal in new clothes, they sold old clothes—that was the beginning of the organized traffic in secondhand clothing. When they were not allowed to deal in merchandise, they dealt in waste—the Jew is the originator of the waste product business of the world; they were the originators of the salvage system and found wealth in the rubbish of civilization. America and the world have the history of the commercial descendants of those earlier Jews who turned adversity into success…not by becoming bitter, but better.
Beloved, despite the economic woes of this nation, if we, the people can believe, decide not to panic and begin to eradicate our personal debt by taking a strategic approach to doing so, we will succeed. Despite what the nation is experiencing…do not panic nor adapt to the conditions of your surroundings. Become resilient and learn to work within the system until the system works for you.