Months ago I wrote about my mom and step-dad debating a vacation to Morocco. They figured it would cost them about $7,000, which they saved up. But they are worried about money, even though they are relatively well-positioned to ride out the recession.
They bought their home decades ago and keep their expenses very low. But my mother is retired so if my step-father, the lone breadwinner, got laid off and could not find another job…so they decided not to go to Morocco. Instead, they are going to Death Valley. Ha!
Their decision is salient because so many people, including me and Hubby, are making similar decisions. We are afraid of our future and are doing everything we can to hold onto a guarantee of prosperity.
But that guarantee is gone.
Niles Goldstein, a Rabbi who leads the New Shul synagogue in New York City, shared his take on the situation in a recent issue of Real Simple. “I’m encouraging people to accept and tolerate this ambiguity in their lives,” he said. “View life itself as a condition without guarantees, one in which anything can happen to anybody at anytime.”
“Muscle tissue gets stronger after being broken down,” he said. “I believe the same is true for our souls. Feeling broken from a crisis opens our hearts and helps us appreciate things we previously took for granted.”
How do you stay positive?