12/14/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

Your Money or Your Life?

My friend recently found out that her 39-yr-old friend from high school took the lives of his wife and 2 year old son prior to taking his own life. Why - you ask? Since the economic crisis began, this man was laid off of work and was not able to find another job. His family thinks that, although he loved his wife and child, he couldn't bear to see them struggle. Even worse, he couldn't bear to see them struggle without him! So, assuming this was his thought (because he didn't leave a note), he made the decision to take himself and his family out of their misery. Are we so selfish and so consumed with money that we'd rather die than to focus on making things better?

I understand that money is a source that is needed in our lives today; however, to look at money as your own sense of survival is disheartening. It's seems like it's all or nothing. Well, it's not. Realize that this crisis will pass! The economy will bounce back, stocks will grow, and the people, will once again, survive another day. Yes, we have a great new President-Elect taking office in January, but understand that Barack Obama is not going to create a miracle come January 2009. It's a timely process. Listen, I'm not going to sit here and tell you that everything is great because it's not. I will tell you this is the time to stop looking at what's in front of us and start looking at what's within us. We are a strong country! What makes this country strong, beautiful, and resourceful are the people. There is a way to survive this crisis without taking a life. Let's continue to strive for the better and achieve outstanding goals, especially in this time of financial distress.

There's a common phrase that says, "Money makes the world go round." If you take money out of the equation - you know, green paper with numbers, guess what, the earth still moves round. Interesting, isn't it?

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