Baby Boomers and a Call to Action

Reagarding the economic stimulus package, early in the week President Obama said, “No plan is perfect, and we should work to make it stronger. Let’s show people all over our country who are looking for leadership in this difficult time that we are equal to the task.”

The last couple of days, pushing hard to get a plan passed, he remarks, “The time for talk is over, the time for action is now.” As Baby boomers in a tough economy, do these words apply to you? Are you doing all you can to make this challenging situation work for your family?

You may have to stay at your job longer than you expected if you are a Baby Boomer nearing retirement. Or perhaps you’ll upgrade skills that will enable you to keep your job. Research findings indicate that, if you enjoy your work, there is added value in the stimulation, engagement and camaraderie it provides.

Alter your expectations and focus on the long run as you put off present pleasures for future gains. Appreciate the changes you are making now for your future wellbeing. Let off steam and reduce stress – discover low cost fitness by gardening or scaling steps. Barter services by cooking a meal or building shelves in exchange for personal training. Fight the force of negativity and believe in yourself to awaken the strength within.

Chicken Little thought the sky was falling – but with all the anxiety and panic, avoid a knee jerk reaction. Instead of an automatic response, think about what’s driving your fear before reacting. It’s true that conspicuous consumption marked the rise and fall of empires. But you don’t have to go to the extreme of chopping wood and carrying water. Just be patient and tighten your belt – call an old friend, using free Sunday minutes, write a letter to the editor, play a game with your kids, thank your lucky stars.

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