Top Business Stories in the Globe & Mail: "Canada and household debt: Almost the worst among G7"
I must admit that for a second, upon reading this article, I felt a small knot in my stomach. Just when we thought that the economy was on its way to recovery - more bad news are being put out there by the media.
And then, I decided that I will not allow this to affect my day. Taking stock of the countless blessings that we enjoy - a good marriage and close family relationships, living in a country like Canada where free health care and education is top priority, freedom to practise my faith ... I can go on and on and on and on.
A year ago, when we told friends and acquaintances that we were selling our large home to move to a smaller space (condo), we encountered some negativity from certain people who could not understand our decision. Comments like "oh, you'll be back to a house in no time..." or a simple "are you sure?" made me think - do they know something that I don't?
All I can say is that six months after our move, I am more convinced that we made the right decision. I say this because, we as a family, have taken a step in the direction that hopefully counteracts precisely what the article is saying - the threat of debt running our lives. Unfortunately, people look at "downsizing" as something that only elderly people do. I call it "right-sizing" - making your decision based on what's right for you family and six months into this new lifestyle - we know that we have made the right decision.
Bad news is only bad if we allow it to pull us down. I look at this as a wake up call for all of us. Let's tke stock of what's important and de-clutter our lives - always looking forward to a more abundant life - an overflowing cup of blessings that there is more than enough that we can share with those who have less...