In this period of financial worry, in a world where the stocks markets rise and fall like a roller-coaster at a theme park, we have a lot to be thankful for.

Yes it may sound odd for me to say, when people are losing their jobs, there are signs of a double dip recession on the imminent horizon, but we have lost track of the things that matter most, and that’s people. This was clearly brought to light by the recent riots that took place in London, before moving to other parts of the UK. The justification provided by some, to explain the riots was absurd. How can one ever say that there is a right to destroy neighborhoods, to bring into disrepute English people, solely on the grounds that a minority where showing their frustration at the current climate, not only financially but on basis of the job market situation? It was outright vandalism, if not acts of terrorism (if taking a liberal interpretation.)

We indeed do have a lot to be thankful for. We have people. Together we can get through this. By uniting together we can tackle the problems we have endured since the fall out brought by the crash of 2008, kick started by the fall of Lehman Brothers. This is not something solely for the politicians, nor the bankers (with whom many place sole blame), but instead rests in the hands of each and everyone of us. Its about supporting our neighbors, about caring and being thoughtful, but also realizing that there are others that are in a worse situation than ourselves. If we all do our own bit individually, collectively we will come through this and be stronger than before.

So what needs to be done?

1. We have to place trust in those that we have elected to make tough decisions, for it is we, the electorate that voted them in. They did not hide the fact, especially the current coalition government we presently have, that tough decisions would be made, and that it would get worse before getting better.

2. We all have to act individually, to achieve collectively. The riots also symbolized the British at their best (and I should include here, those from abroad residing here). Together, in teams they took to the streets and cleaned their terrorized, destroyed streets, to show, you may come and terrorize us, but we won’t let you bring us down. If we all come together, like they did, to clean that mess up, then we will make steady progress. On this basis, it can only get better.

So, if you see someone down, someone looking troubled and worried, don’t ignore them. Give them whatever help you can, even if it is just a listening ear; for many, this is all they need, someone to take time out of their lives to make the effort to listen to someone that needs to be heard.

3. The world economies and economic minds have to unite. We cannot act in isolation, due to our economies all being inextricably linked to one another. Whilst at the same time, we have to take into account the individual needs and peculiarities that go with each and every national economy.

4. We need to stop beating ourselves up. We are only human. We are all fallible. So let’s quit with the blaming game, and this is particularly angled at the media and the politicians. Stop trying to score points. Instead of talking doom, which is destructive, let’s be constructive. Let’s talk up beat. Let’s play our part. Just like those that positively engaged to clean up the streets after the riots by doing their bit, we should with the economy. Together the future is bright, and no its not Orange (the telecommunications giant), but it the human population, a bright, creative and intelligent set.

So yes, we have a lot to be so grateful for. The famous words, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”, has never been so relevant than to today.

Best wishes,

BENJAMIN

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