Recession got you down? Well, you're not alone. Everybody -- let me repeat -- everybody is impacted by what's going on economically. It isn't just you. And chances are, what's happening to you isn't as painful or horrific as what is happening to many, many others.
Recession got you down? Your portfolio has diminished? Your 401(k) not worth what it used to be? Worrying about having to touch your principal? Guess what: You're not special. Everyone who has any savings or investments is affected. And then there are all those people who are not even in a position to have investments and savings.
Recession got you down? It's got all of us down. So, please, let's make a pact not to talk about it. I'd much rather hear that your grandson is starting to crawl than whether your principal is intact. I'd like to know that you got a good report from the doctor and not from your broker.
And one other thing. Instead of talking about your diminishing 401(k), you might want to contact the Visiting Nurses Association to find a family you might help make Christmas for. Or pick up a name of a disadvantaged child in foster care who will have a brighter holiday as a result of your gift; this just might help you worry less about your principal. Providing a grocery basket for a widow who is scraping by on Social Security could take your mind off the old portfolio. Even for just a few minutes.
Yours for giving during hard times,