The Upside of the Downturn?

Talking with a friend who’d just been laid off from his job last week reminded me of a quote a wise man planted in my brain in the dark days after my near-fatal motorcycle accident:


That which does not kill me makes me stronger.

—Friedrich Nietzsche

Those words and the personal belief that grew out of them over the past two decades—that good things can come from even the most difficult times in our lives—seem especially appropriate today. 

Whether the current economic downturn has affected you directly or not, there’s no denying that it’s making an awful lot of people take a step back and consider what’s really important in their lives.  Which, as far as I’m concerned, can only be a good thing. 

In particular, I hope the opportunity for reflection that comes with these kind of dramatic personal upheavals will help more folks recognize that motoring around town in an $80,000 Escalade or carrying that $750 Gucci handbag ultimately doesn’t add much to the quality of their lives. 

More on this “obsession with possessions” in my next post.


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