A Very Bright Spot Amidst The Mortgage Meltdown
It's Never Quite As Bad As It Seems
We're in the worst financial crisis since The Great Depression. Home values continue to drop like a rock. Unemployment continues to rise. Business after business is closing down. U.S. auto makers are going bankrupt. And I'm saying "It's not as bad as it seems"??? What, am I nuts?!?!
No, I'm not. It's just that it's all a matter of perspective. It's something we all know, but that more than likely, we all forget. However, I just had a powerful reminder of this fact (I'm talking about 5 minutes ago), and I would like to share it with as many people as possible.
Yeah, we're all definintely in a rough spot these days. Everyone has their own personal story of how this economic crisis has effected them, their friends and their family. And by no means am I suggesting that it's not truly a bad situation.
Personally, in the past couple of years I've had a number of challenges that I've struggled with. I had a great job with great pay, and in the midst of planning my wedding to a wonderful woman, the company went bankrupt. The wedding proceeded, and the marriage is strong, but the experience of having the proverbial rug pulled out from under me like that has been a challenge not only financially, but emotionally as well. It put me in a kind of daze for a long time.
I was able to find another job in the Portland mortgage market, but it was for significantly less money and it was clear that it would not be a long term solution. In fact it only lasted 4 months. From there I spent a lot of time unemployed, stressed and depressed.
During this time I decided to try to get back into a more active lifestyle to help my psyche and physical fitness. How did it go? I ruptured my achilles tendon, needed surgery, was on crutches for 9 weeks and incurred even more debt.
I tried my hand at a new venture, but it didn't work out. I eventually landed a new job, at even less money, and continued uncertainty in the stability or future of it.
I know I don't have it as bad as many others, but nonetheless, these 'things' tend to wear you (me) down.
I'm not here to look for pity. Not at all. I'm here to share inspiration that I just found. Clarity on the fact that no matter how things appear 'out there', it's really up to you to determine how you handle it. It may be a cliche, but 'making lemonade out of lemons' really can be applied to your life.
With all that said, I urge you to watch this video. I only hope it inspires you as much as it did me, and helps to keep everything in perspective. I also invite you to share this message (Nick's message) with as many people as possible. In these times, a bit of this perspective can only be a good thing.
Enjoy, and all the best to you. (If you see a blank space below here, be patient while the video loads...)
If Nick can get through life with a smile on his face and in his heart, I'll be damned if I can't at least make more of an effort.
My sincere hope is that others will benefit from this perspective. In addition, if anyone else with a Portland home loan can benefit from the unbiased information provided here... then so much the better, too.