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  1. Lori
    October 2, 2008 @ 5:15 pm

    As a person who has faced a huge range of challenges this past year, I have to say that there are definitely positive things that can come out of these financial gaffs.

    I had 3 strokes last year (age 47), in the hospital for months because they thought I’d never walk again, I lost everything I own, and ended up in a homeless shelter for 10 months. I managed to live on zero income. I searched for change on the side of the road for food because the shelter that I stayed in had onr meal a day and if you didn’t get there in time you didn’t get a bed or a meal. I wouldn’t have given up this experience for anything.

    I met wonderful people (yup, other homeless that were previously as priviliged as I was), learned the value of everything that I took for granted and realized what a spoiled brat that I had become. I am now in a small sparse aparment, which I ADORE, the only furniture donated by a local church. I have a roof over my head, I splurged and bought a mattress after sleeping on the floor for quite a while. My life has turned a huge 180, but in my opinion, all for the better. When things are bad financially, it seems that it clears the air and our minds to have a chance to sit back and figure out the real important parts of our lives.

    Hopefully, this recession won’t turn into a huge amount of families getting to the point that I did, but cutting back on perks and non-necessities, finding inexpensive dinners to make together at home, rather than running out for the fast food and $10 movies for the group, not to mention the popcorn, candy and sodas!

    I’m certainly no expert, except for the fact that I’ve lived this kind of life for more than a year. Sometimes these “negative” situations can be a blessing in disguise.

  2. admin
    October 2, 2008 @ 6:26 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us Lori. It is very true that we should focus on the important things in life. Your story has been very inspirational to say the least. I commend you on getting on your feet again and for being so positive despite what life has dealt you. My sincere admiration.

  3. Maila B.
    October 10, 2008 @ 11:06 pm

    Read ur lines. Salute you for that. My case is not of the same level like the one you have experienced, but, i do believe that if we just hold on, cling to HIM.. we can never be as helpless and as hopeless as we think we are. The zero income is also ours to make.. Start with a penny.. a dollar.. a thousand. The good thing is we are living life even if the stormy part of it comes our way. Ur swell!

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