Something good from this economic mess!

<a href='http://www.slocumins.com/about/meet-our-staff/' rel='external co-worker' title='Bob Slocum'>Bob Slocum</a>It seems that every day all we hear is more gloom and doom about the economy and the prospects for our future.  While the situation is definitely serious, many have said that it’s as much a “crises of confidence” as anything.  The people are not spending money that does not have to be spent because they lack confidence about what is going to happen in the future.

While no-one can know what is going to happen tomorrow, I’m as sure as I can be that “this too shall pass”.  I can’t say when, but it will pass for sure.  I know, it’s hard to feel good about it right now, but have faith and be thankful for what you do have.

As I go through my day, I have the opportunity to speak with a wide variety of people and I have noticed recently that most people are much more grateful today for what they do have.  They no longer complain about their crummy job, instead they say “at least I still have a job”.  We all know many people who are less fortunate. It’s no longer all about making lots of money, but rather it’s about maintaining the basics of good health, food and shelter.  It’s as if these hard times have made us all realize the real value of the important things like good health, families and friends.

I also hear less and less talk about “getting rich quick” and much more about a simple “slow and steady savings” process. I think this is a good thing.  Maybe we are reverting back to the more traditional American values of thrift and savings. It’s no longer about the expensive vacation abroad, it’s more about the weekend camping with the family or fishing with some friends.

So what’s the point of all this?  Simply that this seems to be a time for everyone to take a breath and relax as much as possible.  Grab hold of your family and friends and hold on tight.  Make the best of what you do have and be confident that better days are ahead for all of us.  And above all, never give up!

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    About Bob Slocum
    Bob is a life long resident of Warwick, Rhode Island where he attended public school graduating in 1972 from Warwick Veterans Memorial High School. He began his insurance career at the age of 16 while he was still in high school and he became one of the youngest licensed insurance agents at the age of 18. Bob worked at the Slocum Insurance Agency while he attended the University of Rhode Island and he graduated in 1975 with a BSBA degree with a major in Finance & Insurance. In 1978 he received the insurance industry’s highest professional designation, Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and in that same year he received the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation. View Robert Slocum’s LinkedIn Profile

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