Last Sunday I had an opportunity to call on an elderly couple that I had not met before. I spent about an hour and a half listening to their story. I want to share this with you because we, as small business owners have a responsibility outside of running our business.
This was an experience in listening; I have not taken any action, yet, with regards to this situation. This wonderful couple shared how they have lived in their home for over 40 years. He has retired from his job as a commission salesperson; his wife is ill and requires constant assistance. During the upswing in the real estate market they used their home as a bank to pay their bills.Currently the debt on their home is about what the home is worth. They have been living off their retirement income the last 3 years and shared that in six months they will no longer be able to make mortgage payments and more than likely will loose their home.
Last week he went to the bank to withdraw a few dollars to have cash in the house; the bank was located in a “safe” area with lots of people around. As he left the bank he was mugged and his money stolen, this was 2pm and the mugging was witnessed by several people. No, the mugger was not caught, but the damage to this couple is a lot deeper than the money that was stolen.
To the best of my knowledge, there is no help available for people in this situation. The government does not care, nor do the banks.Unless we, as business owners start caring about what is going on in our Community, State and Nation, we may all find ourselves in a similar situation. Our government spends billions of dollars helping other nations, both friends and enemies, while our own people are left behind. Perhaps part of the problem is that there is a hope that if one losses everything the government will take care of us.
I don’t like the direction that our Nation is taking. I fear for the hard working people that are watching their freedom taken away in a variety for forms, taxation, self interest of our elected leaders, etc,etc, ( add a few of your own thoughts)
If we don’t take action now, we may never have the opportunity again . Do your part and get involved.
Man is not the creature of circumstances. Circumstances are the creatures of men. Benjamin Disraeli
Have a great day!