Okay, so I've got my usual Monday morning blahs, and it didn't help to log on first thing this morning to Claycord.com, and read about the murder/suicide in Concord. But I went out for a run as the sun was rising, the sky going from indigio to purple to pale blue, with clouds streaked with orange, yellow and pink. It's warmer out this morning than it has been in the past few weeks.
Anyway, how is everyone else doing? Speaking of the economy (which my co-workers and I, in our gallows humor way, refer to as GD2, or Great Depression 2): How is it affecting you?
Have you lost your job, your home, or are you afraid of losing either? Are things generally okay, but have you seen that 30 orf 40 percent drop in your retirement and kids' college savings? Do you have family or friends who have been seriously affected?
Are you worried? And, if so, how are you coping, emotionally? Drinking more, refusing to get out of bed? Or are you turning to more healthy solutions? Like taking up meditation, a new exercise regimin, diet?
How are you coping practically and financially? Have you changed the way you spend money? Or where you shop? No more Tiffany's and more Wal-Mart? Going to the library more instead of buying at Barnes and Noble?
Do you think all the worry about the economy and the nation's future is being overblown by the media? Do you prefer to just ignore it? Have you stopped logging onto news websites, or listening to radio, watching TV, or--gulp--reading newspapers, just to keep your mind free and clear from the constant drum beat of bad news?
What about the new presidency? Will a President Barack Obama make a difference?
Finally, if you could do anything else today besides go to work or school, or do whatever your regular Monday routine is, what would you do?
I'd go to the beach. I was listening to the news on the radio this morning, and the weather by the coast sounds it will be clear and pleasant. A walk on the beach on a bright, sunny January Monday. Doesn't that sound like heaven?