Keep cool; don’t panic

Published 9:27 pm Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The deplorable economy continues to rear its ugly head across our country, insinuating itself into America’s homes and families. Foreclosures are at decades-high levels, and unemployment numbers continue to soar. Horror stories abound, including one about an incomprehensible incident on Tuesday in California, where a father apparently shot and killed all six of his family members before turning the gun on himself. He and his wife had just lost their jobs, according to news reports.

CNN reports that the Internet is awash with video pleas from unemployed workers seeking another chance to get back into the workforce. Those and many other Americans have a dim view of when their employment dreams might become a reality.

Next to a trust fund and a lifetime appointment, one’s attitude and outlook are arguably the most critical components of success during a recession. Dealing with stressful, life-changing experiences calls for embracing optimism and responsibility for the well-being of others.

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Children look to their parents to know how to act. They need sound leadership from their parents during tumultuous times. Unfortunately for the family in California, five children never were given a chance. Now is not a time for panic, but rather for self-evaluation, and a calm, optimistic approach to the future.