04 Jan / 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!!!