I'm Doing Just Fine
Living on a fixed monthly income is such a joy, especially the last few days of the month. I’m sure I don’t have to tell any of you the cost of every day items is crazy. At first when you saw the Dollar Store turn to the Dollar Twenty Five Cent Store, you don’t think much of it. But Jeez that’s a 25% increase on every item sold in the store. That’s not just a little bump in price, that to me borders of corporate greed. And I know, I know their cost have gone up. But damn, I have friends struggling just to keep the doors open on their small businesses. While we gladly pull out our debt cards at these big box highway robbers.
I thought I got all my ranting out yesterday but apparently I got a little more to give. But I try and keep some perspective on the struggles life gives. I guess we should look at it like a hot piece of metal being tempered and folded on an anvil. With each strike of the hammer, the metal takes form eventually becoming a strong piece of art. (Sorry I’ve been binge watching The Mandalorian.)
My Grandma Geiger used to give me such sage advice when it came to troubles. Often taking the hardships of life and laughing at them. Saying things like, “You can’t get blood from a turnip”. Or, “With life, you either gonna laugh or cry. So I just assume laugh”. These and a million more memories are buried deep in my psyche. Allowing me to feel the suffering, while at the same time holding on to my patience. That eventually better times are gonna come.
So pay heed to your troubles, don’t just bottle them up with words like “I’m fine” or “I’m doing alright “. Confess your sins as the church likes to say. If to nobody else but yourself. The freedom of release is a powerful tool when the burdens of life weigh you down. You don’t have to walk this road alone. There are plenty of us out here that know exactly how you feel. Rather you choose a solitary life or it’s simply forced upon you. Know that many suffer under the rusted armor of “I’m doing just fine”.
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