Know what you can change

"Grant me the serenity to accept the things that I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."

-The Serenity Prayer

I am hearing a lot of people focusing on all the negativity surrounding the current economic crisis. There is a lot of fear out there. People are worried about losing their jobs, homes, and savings. Each day seems more bad news. This is compounded by watching the pundits on tv. They tell of how the stimulus package is nothing more than pork and going to kill this country. We hear the reports of 500,000 people laid off each month. And, out retirements are devastated with every market downturn.

So, what is one to do? As the words penned by Reinhold Neibuhr tell us, we need to focus on those things we can change. Most events are out of our control. However, there is action we can take each day which will have a positive impact in our lives. Concentrating our efforts on improving our circumstances make us stronger while giving us more control over our journey.

Let us look at our job as an example. All across the country, companies are laying people off due to economic cutbacks. This decision is out of the hands of most people. However, the idea of making yourself into the most valuable employee is within your grasp. Do all that you can to make it difficult for them to let you go. This is within your control.

Study everything you can about your business. Take night courses which will help you in your career. Accept assignments that other people refuse. Do whatever you can to make yourself the most valuable employee they ever saw.

Approach every area of your life in this manner. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Step up your activity to make yourself better. Learn about investing to increase your chances of success. Study budgeting to learn to stretch your resources further. This is what is going to separate you from everyone else. The majority of people are going to allow the current circumstances eat them alive.

Know what you can change and concentrate on that. Leave those things that are out of your control to the forces of the universe. It is not worth your energy since you cannot change them anyway.

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