Are you better off now than you were 4 years ago?

This is not a political post.  This is a take control of your own life post.  I’m tired of hearing people complain about how they are going to be affected by who is in office or how they dodged a bullet by who’s not in office.  I can’t think of any single event brought on by government at any level that changed my life significantly.

I’m not saying government doesn’t have power.  They do, but only as much as we give them.  Remember, the people that produced the Holocaust were elected.  Don’t give up on your government or your responsibility to vote.

Quit wasting time debating and listening to so much drivel about what might happen.  Focus on what you want to happen with your life.  You have the power.  Take control of it.  Make some goals.  Follow through on them.

Am I better off now than I was four years ago?  Yes.  No doubt about it.  How much of that can I tie directly to action by local, state, or federal government?  None.  Absolutely none.

You could accuse me of living in a bubble the past 4 years and that’s why life hasn’t gotten worse.  You’d be wrong.  There’s a lot that has happened.  Our daughter died.  Our home’s value dropped by 30% or so.  Our income dropped by a third.

How could life possibly be better now in the wake of these events?  Because of these events, I became focused on what is actually important rather than what “should” be important.  I’ve become a much more complete person after having lived it.  Life is richer.  I’m less insulated.  I can give better advice.  I choose to experience rather than ignore.

Horrible things have happened to a lot of people in the past 4 years.  There are also people who have had the best times of their lives the past 4 years.  The choice is up to you.

When our baby arrives in the Spring, our income is going to drop again — to about half of what it was a few years ago.  Am I worried?  Pragmatically, yes.  Spiritually?  No.

I welcome the challenge.  And it is by choice.  We took control and are living it.  Your turn.

Are you better off now than you were 4 years ago?  What have you done to improve your life?

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