Couch Cat: Don’t Quit

02 August 2019
Author   Jackie Wilson-Asheeke
Economic times are really tough right now and many people are struggling on varying levels - me too!  So many of us feel the pressure at home, at work…everywhere.  Change is always unsettling, but when you cannot see through the fog and have no idea of what is on the other side, it can be a downright night terror. 
You fear joblessness or forced retirement or the increased crime in your neighbourhood.  Others worry that the rise in living expenses are forcing them to make unfavourable lifestyle choices. 
The medical bills are piling up, your regular doctors just told you that won’t take PSEMAS anymore and one of the kids just told you they don’t feel so well. 
The municipal bills are so high that you need to get a second job just to pay the monthly extortionist rates while you watch the water sprinklers in action at the genocide-era Christus Kirche and a few city ‘green’ areas. 
There are those with maxed out credit cards and the refrigerator breaks down for the final time.  The car needs service, but the school is demanding that the parents pay for a ‘fundraising’ effort and someone stole your new cell phone, all in one day. 
A family member has a job opportunity but cannot get it until they present their degree papers which they do not have because there is an outstanding debt at the university. You use your food budget to help that person out.  Now what will you eat until next payday?
People are making cuts to their household budgets that mean there will be meat at meals only twice in a week and tinned baked beans or pilchards in tomato sauce for breakfast. 
Others have had to rent rooms in their homes for extra money, put down a beloved pet that has expensive vet bills, fire the gardener, cut the hours of the housekeeper, and begin selling-off household goods at car boot sales.
Investment plans are put on hold, holiday time abroad is reduced to a nice weekend stay in Etosha.  There will be no new curtains or furniture this year and all bed and bath linens, blankets and pillows will have to last indefinitely.
New clothes are a dream of yesteryear and even shoe repair is too expensive.
We all need a shot of confidence in our arms because, in fact, we WILL make it through these tough times. 
My Mom told me: “And this, too, shall pass,” when I was moaning and groaning about my worries.  She also sent me this poem:
When things go wrong
As they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low
And the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is strange with its twists and turns.
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When you might have won had you stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow,
You may succeed with another blow.
Success is failure turned inside-out,
The silver tint on the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit;
It’s when things seem worse, that you must not quit.


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