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||New Year's Resolution....
New Year's Resolution
the New Year barely beginning, it is time to think again about making New
Yearís resolutions. However, we make these resolutions every year and nothing
much seems to come of it. This year things, of necessity, may have to be
In the past , I have liken a New Year to a new child, and that is not such a bad
analogy as I think of it now. It seems we have not been such good parents for
some of our past years. We have spoiled them with over indulgence and now it
looks as though we are going to have to pay the price.
Our financial institutions of past years have been generous with easy money and
too much credit for loans that were not secure. Donít we often make the same
mistake as parents? While our motives may be different, theirs being for profit
and ours for love, we still hope that our generosity will be met with success.
Sometimes it is, but more often, the more we give, the more our spoiled brats
Itís rather the same thing as the parent loaning money to a child. They are
very appreciative when the loan is made, but when it is time to repay, they
become angry. The fact that we helped them with a loan in the first place is
forgotten. They are only upset that we will not continue to give and no long can
afford not to be repaid..
We have also spoiled our past years with large, gas-guzzling cars that keep us
dependent on foreign sources for oil. As prices go up, we are unable to continue
to afford these cars. As more and more people realize this, they turn to smaller
foreign cars that are more economical. Good for the immediate problem, but bad
for the auto industry that is stuck with inventory and the ability to produce
only what is no longer in demand.
Our New Year must pay for mistakes of past years with high prices for gas and
taxes dollars to keep the auto industry from going under. But, sometimes
overindulgence reaches the point when we cannot continue with our wasteful ways,
in spite of our unwillingness to change.
An so it goes, big homes with big mortgages that made our past years well off on
the surface, but with a financial foundation that was bound to crumble sooner or
later. Now our New Year must deal with foreclosure and loss of the security of
home ownership that came from letting past years live beyond their means like
spoiled children with no financial foundation of their own for a secure future.
We look for something to blame. T
he years of the past are over now. They cannot return what is
already gone. So, we blame the present, the things that are still here: bankers,
automakers, politicians. Yet we are the parents and cannot let our institutions
fail any more than we can turn our back on our own children. We bail them out
with loans and gifts that do not need to be repaid. This time we attach strings
to our money.
Industries promise to change. The child promises to do better
from now onÖ and life goes on. We look optimistically toward a new year. We
hope this time things will be different. In spite of all that has been done
wrong in the past, parenthood never ends. If our children fail, we too fail as
This must be the year that resolution succeeds.
Copyright 2009 Sheila Moss
Nashville, TN 37219
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