A few days ago my husband and I hit the road for the day. He was making cold calls for prospective clients. I enjoyed the scenery. I love the harvest season!
As the drive progressed I noticed more and more abandoned buildings and houses.
It is apparent that people and businesses simply pulled up the stakes. Left. Moved on to, hopefully, a better place in their lives.
For sale signs everywhere. Older signs had been replaced with newer ones.
I am not depressed over what I saw. I am just hopeful for the people involved.
I checked a few minutes ago on our county unemployment rate. I stopped watching the figures when they neared 13%. The latest report states 15.3%. Wow.
A friend approached me a month ago, asking if I could use some help. Her normal hours are being cut drastically. She works in a retail location. I explained that I run my company myself. I can use some help. Yes, I can! Can I afford to pay anyone right now? No. I wish I could. If I could, I would definitely hire her first. And if I could, I would hire the poor folks that need the help in the worst sort of way. I cannot. Bet your bottom dollar, I feel like being generous. I work hard here. I keep my nose to the grindstone. But looks can be deceiving, this is tough for all of us! As I told my husband yesterday, “It is a blessing that one of us is working!”
All I can do is pray for you.
Obviously I do not get out of the area often. I go ten miles in either direction, that’s about it. Such a site to see, and I am glad I saw it. Not glad for what is happening, glad that I know.
I hope help and change comes soon. There is hope.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. —Jeremiah 29:11