I have good news and bad news.
Let’s briefly look at the bad news. 32+ years in and around Wall Street has taught me many things (sometimes the hard way), including if you take worse case scenarios first and can get pass them, there’s really no bad news to start with.
America has already fallen into what shall IMHO, end up its worst ever social and political era. It has managed not to have fallen into an abyss of economic upheaval yet, only due to massive Central Bank interventions here and abroad. Sadly, it may even be extended by literally resorting to tossing funny money out of helicopters, but all this “intervention” will only made the pain and suffering to come more acute.
Okay, that’s the bad news (Thank God!).
The good news is, the Creator of all that is good in the Universe has given us the tools and resources to more than survive through good times and bad.
Having once been a “legend in my own mind”, and regularly turning the “Ten Commandments” into the “Ten Suggestions”, I lived through two terrible bouts of depression. Both bouts led to being hospitalized. At the bottom, the only way it would have been darker for me was if I turned thoughts into action.
I’ve spoken on six of the seven continents, literally have appeared on radio and TV hundreds of times, and shared my life experiences in many of those appearances (and of course through my book, “Confessions of a Former Wall Street Whiz Kid” – you can read for free online here). In all my public talks, no one jumps up and shouts out “me too” when I speak of my “dark periods”. But after, when I’m done, many seek me out to not only thank me for supposedly having the courage to share, but to either talk about their own battles or someone they care for (and in these cases, I’m often asked would I be willing to speak to that person – I do).
So why am I bringing this up?
I sense a level of pain and anxiety among many who may be trying to put on a brave face, but deep inside, are struggling on one or more fronts. Whether it’s pride, ego or whatever human emotions keeps them feeling the uphill battle is theirs alone, the fact is, many reading this know what I’m speaking about. Whether they do anything about lessening or eliminating the battle, is the only question.
If you or someone you know may be facing similar circumstances and wants to do something “positive” about it, I want to “highly” recommend a writing that was given to me in my darkest days. It not only help me “turn the corner”, but I’ve printed it out as a handout and have distributed thousands over the years.
It’s called “The Awakening” – Read here.
If this commentary of mine turned 9 people off, but help lead to just one person being removed from that terrible treadmill called “The Rat Race” (and into a state of true peace and contentment), than this writing exercise wont have been in vain.
Have a most blessed weekend and know God loves you and so do I.