I was sitting here having a cup of hot chocolate on this cold Memphis morning thinking of things to come.
This past year has been a great challenge for so many of us.
Perhaps the greatest.
For our friends, our families, our loved ones, our colleagues, our clients, our customers, our communities.
Most of us realize by now that our beloved country is ravaged with economic catastrophe and millions of our fellow countrymen face great uncertainty when the sun rises.
Divorce, illness, bankruptcy, foreclosure and heart wrenching despair is causing many unfortunate and wonderful people to abandon hope, give up and lose faith.
Many feel as though nothing will turn out well.
Mental anquish, and pain causing distress and worry, has become pandemic.
The housing market is seeing very tough, new challenges placed in front of it, such as the tightening of income ratio requirements for loans and the requirement of substantially larger down payments for investor properties, since it's been said that some of the highest foreclosure rates occur among this category.
The same can be said for existing home sales in many areas.
Many wake up with dread in the wake of the new day and must contend with a vague, unpleasant emotion that is experienced in anticipation of some usually ill-defined misfortune because of rumor or of the negative judgment of our business that's not founded on proof or certainty.
It's anxiety at it's worst for many.
They live with a mental state characterized by a pessimistic sense of inadequacy and a despondent lack of activity.
Drive and motivation are tragically extinquished.
The state of depression has become so severe for so many that clinical intervention is required to help those in need.
My prayers are for our country, our communities and our loved ones this sad day.
I'm praying and asking the Lord for guidance for all of us and that we find the strength to love and care for each other in the days and years to come.
May God bless all of you this day, and may the Lord help you realize your dreams and hopes for a better future, and strengthen your heart so that you may find the love and courage to do good in all that you do.
(in view of the gulf disaster and other terrible tragedies affecting our nation, I wanted to re-post)
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