Suze Orman's Recession Rescue Plan
Step 5: Look at What You Have, Not What You Had
How much longer should we expect times to be tough? "Things will get better, get worse. ... [In] the next two or three years, it will start to turn around," Suze says. "But I'm so sorry to say it will be, in my opinion, 2015 until every single person feels hopeful again."
Which is why Suze says it's so important to look at what you have and be grateful, instead of looking at what you've lost and feel angry. "If you continuously look in the rearview mirror while you're going forward, you're going to get in an accident. And the victim of that accident is going to be you," she says. "Don't compare. You'll feel stronger, you'll have more energy and you'll be able to turn this around."
Be grateful for the savings account you do have or the family that has helped you through. Although she knows it isn't easy, Suze urges everyone to see what they've been through as a kind of blessing. "When you are grateful—when you can see what you have—
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I am grateful, however, sometimes while going through photo's I'll see a picture of a past house or garden that we have had to let go... this one especially hurts. When Dick and I moved in, the backyard was an empty slate....we placed almost every tree, bush, stone, hill and flower. We moved from this house December 28, 2005 in tears, but with hope.
Then.... May 2004
Looks like a giant mole hill.
Yesterday while I was fixing our dinner, the door bell rang.
“The grass withers and the flowers fade,