Grocery shopping has simplified my life. I buy the same raw materials and make a rotation of delicious foods. I get to pick and control the quality of ingredients. I get to create, consume and enjoy. I get to save time and money. I build a sense of self confidence and self reliance.
They say (and I don’t really know who “they” are), that if you give a person a fish, they will eat for the day. If you teach a person to fish, they will never go hungry.
I think about people I know – in debt, maybe dropped out, unemployed – in short, not living the life they want to live. Friends say they want to get a job, but one look at their diary and you see their actions don’t reinforce their wants. Friends say they want to get out of debt, or that money “stresses them out” – but sweep those problems under the rug and they don’t solve themselves. Often, problems will multiply (and with debt, it literally will get exponentially worse).
This productive pause has given me time to reflect. How should I spend my money? I should spend my money on living a life that I like and would be proud of. Where do I want to live? What would I like to spend my time doing?
Kindness is having kind thoughts, about my situation and especially about myself. It’s easy to feel like my time is unproductive or that my value is based on whether or not I have income coming in. How much is my time worth? And if I am not getting paid, am I worth nothing?
A job meant the ability to take care of yourself, with money and employer-sponsored benefits. A job meant you were self-sufficient.This short time of being unemployed has taught me that is a lie.
We are paycheck-to-paycheck employees, living in apartments owned by paycheck-to-paycheck landlords, working for paycheck-to-paycheck companies. Who’s idea was this?