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by M.H., 48

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What Economic Downturn? Happy New Year!

I spent my time during the holidays on the beach in Kauai, Hawaii. I know, shocking, right? People travel during a r********?! (it’s curse word in my world). Actually, people are doing a lot of traveling and shopping during this alleged lull.

It wasn’t just me and the locals in Kauai, I can assure you of that.
As I laid out my towel on Po’ipu Beach on Christmas Day, I looked around at the sea of people before me. We were all crunched together, trying to make room for one another.

The ocean had so many people in it, boogie boarders and snorkelers were bumping heads.
I couldn’t help but chuckle. With all the negativity in the media about the country’s economic woes, it was refreshing to see that not everyone is buying into the fear-mongering.

And when I couldn’t get into, not one, but TWO restaurants on a random Monday night in Po’ipu, I couldn’t be angry. I was thrilled. Take that CNN, NBC/ABC/CBS/FOX, Bill O’Reilly and the like (you know who you are). Ever noticed how those guys get so worked up when they are delivering the bad news? It’s almost like they’re enjoying it…thriving on the negativity, if you will.

It always blows my mind how easily we the people tend to believe whatever the media is sending our way. We panic, which only makes matters worse. What we actually need to do is go out to restaurants, travel, shop and support one another.

Because in case you hadn’t noticed, the mega-media conglomerates and government officials aren’t hurting for money. The people that suffer when big business and government go corrupt is the regular folks. So, if we refuse to play the game and instead go out there and spend our cash and support local businesses, we won’t crumble–we’ll get stronger.

It wasn’t just in Kauai where people were out spending cash either. I saw it in Honolulu as well. The beaches were so packed in Waikiki, I could barley make my way to the bar to order a Mai Tai. At 11am (sorry I had to, I was on vacation!).

Now that I’m back home to the freezing temps and snow there isn’t much to do, so I decided to take refuge at Powell’s. Except that it was so crowded and the lines to buy books were so long, I couldn’t even spend time wandering like I typically do.

So to those fear-mongers out there preaching doom and gloom: get over it.
The rest of us have.

Wishing you the most ABUNDANT and fabulous 2009!!!
Happy New Year!!!
xoHeather :)

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  • HStrang

    Christian,

    Thank you for your interest. Definitely come back to the blog in 6 months and let’s chat.

    I’ve traveled to Brazil, Vegas and Kauai this year and paid for all of it with cash. My travel buddies paid with cash as well. I have a host of friends who went to Costa Rica, Argentina, Cancun and several other locales over the holidays and no one put any of it on their credit cards. The news media can say whatever they would like, but the reality is what they are depicting is happening to only one portion of the population – not to everyone.

    I simply choose to focus my attention on the wealth and abundance that is taking place in our world, rather than focus on doom and gloom. Especially throwing around fear-mongering words like Depression. You should be ashamed of yourself! (that’s my mother tone scolding you) ;)

    I understand that it is easier to believe the negativity that encompasses the television and news media than it is to see all of the positive things that are happening.

    Also, where do you get your information about the Hawaiian Islands? I have several friends there, ones with rental properties and they are booked solid through June. Folks are traveling a lot to Hawaii right now due to low airfare rates. You may want to recheck that information…

    Overall, I suppose you get whatever you are looking for. I expect positivity and a positive economic forecast, so that’s what I receive.

    Cheer up and start looking for GOOD things in life.

    Oh, and shut off that TV, it’s brainwashing you. :)

    Cheers,
    Heather

  • HStrang

    Christian, I appreciate your fervor and passion on this topic.
    I found some positive aspects in the article you listed, such as:

    "Given these dramatically changing economic times, HVCB (Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau) will continue to position Hawaii as a value destination with great product…"
    "While largely subdued, officials at the luncheon expressed optimism.
    Hawaii has long been considered the role model for tourism globally, and if anyone is up to the challenge posed by the current economic situation, it's the people in this room," Dunkerley said…"

    The difference for me is that I choose to see the good and the positive in EVERY situation.

    I refuse to be a fool for fear (which is a form of ego, not a healthy way to live – check w/your monk) or for the news media at large.

    I simply choose to see all the good that is happening in our world. It's a matter of perception Christian. Our reality is that which we focus on.

    A quote I received today from Abraham-Hicks sums it up perfectly:
    "When you try to justify where you are by pointing out how bad things are, you are headed in the wrong direction. Reach for the thought that feels better, And allow the natural Well-Being that is yours."

    We merely have two different ways of looking at the world, neither is explicitly "wrong", just different. I am always reaching for what feels good and brings peace to myself and others. Right now, that means focusing on all of the ABUNDANCE in the world, not the lack.

    I wish you all the best in your journey!

    Heather :)

  • Alyssa

    Amen, sister! I couldn’t agree with you more. I am currently unemployed, and yet happier and more at peace than I’ve been in a long time. Why? Because I am optimistic, hopeful, and I’d rather spend my days being thankful for what I DO have than moping around about what I don’t have. I’m a full-on believer in a life perspective of abundance vs. one of scarcity, and as I choose to view my life through that lens, I will continue to build evidence to support my personal perspective. In the same way, if I chose to view life through a lens of how awful things were I could easily build evidence to support that theory as well.

    Everything changes, and the choices we make help to influence change and how we live our lives. So, yes, the facts are correct, the economy has taken a downturn, but how we choose to PERCEIVE it and how we choose to HANDLE it are personal choices. For me, I choose to enjoy my life, focus on how I can find joy, on what I can continue to give during this time, and to live each day without fear.
    And with that perspective, my life is full of joy and I sleep soundly, and that works for me.

    What’s your choice today?