I found this as I was cleaning out stuff. Whenever I find something that provokes the mind, I save it and I like to pass it on. I hope you'll like it.
The Cold Within
Six humans trapped by happenstance
In black and bitter cold;
Each one possessed a stick of wood,
Or so the story's told.
Their dying fire in need of logs,
The first woman held hers back,
For on the faces around the fire
She noticed one was black.
The next man looking cross the way
Saw one not of his church,
And couldn't bring himself to give
The fire his stick of birch.
The third one sat in tattered clothes,
He gave his coat a hitch.
Why should his log be put to use
To warm the idle rich?
The rich man just sat back and thought
Of the wealth he had in store,
And how to keep what he had earned
From the lazy, shiftless poor.
The black man's face bespoke revenge
As the fire passed from his sight
For all he saw in his stick of wood
Was a chance to spite the white.
And the last of this forlorn group
Did naught except for gain.
Giving only to those who gave
Was how he played the game.
The logs held tight in death's still hands
Was proof of human sin.
They didn't die from the cold without;
They died from the cold within.
How many times do we bite our nose to spite our face? When will we learn to share? When is enough or is there no such thing as enough? We are in this economic crisis because of greed.
I listened to a money expert tell us this very thing. She said it started at the top with these big CEOs coming up with a plan to make money. They sold it to the banks, the banks sold it to the public, and we with our greedy minds bought it.
She interviewed a couple who were $90,000 in debt. They had 29 credit cards - all maxed out. The problem is our society is brainwashed to buy and buy. Look at all the cell phones and computer-related products. Have we forgotten how to say "no?" If you've gotten along so far without this product, you can continue to live without it. Don't buy anything you can't pay for. No new house or car or furniture or trips or clothes, or other items. Make do with what you have.
When you buy a house, don't forget to add in items like the insurance, the taxes and some upkeep. See the whole picture.
Learn to say, "no" to your children. Make free fun, like hikes, swims, picnics, all kinds of games (ball games and mind games.) Be creative. Ask the kids to be creative. Take the challenge. Don't despair. It can pull the family closer. Maybe the art of conversation will come back.
There was a retired couple who had lived on one paycheck and banked the other. They are in fine shape. Look for balance and control in your life. The ball is in your court. You have the power of choice. No one can take it away from you. I should probably say, "you have the power of choices."
Have a great life!