Former President George W. Bush said, “Owning a home lies at the heart of the American dream”. The USA was, and still is known to be a country of endless opportunities. I once shared with a colleague, that even though the country is facing a tough economic hardship, comparison to other powers indicate that we are still better off and can still afford some bits of luxury here and there. Yes the public will not see the progress made in recovering the economy by the government, for jobs are still not forthcoming, the housing market is still performing poorly, and small businesses are still struggling. The frustration felt by the public is quite understandable, for Americans want to see evidence of results displayed on the table. But one fact we must remember is that it took 8 good long years to get into this economic mess, and will take, probably longer than 8 years to get out of the mess.
Success is still within reach, all is not lost. First and foremost, it does not matter how much is lost. Spending too much time fathoming on what is lost is a step backward. The billionaires and millionaires probably lost so much in their early days but kept pressing on. In our history, we know about the deep depression, whereby the living standards at that time really plummeted. However, as a nation we rose up from the ashes and even went ahead to excel. The economy is on a turn around, the rate of job losses is slowing down, and with time we’ll be talking about job gains. Housing markets will rise up again, and Americans will be able to afford them. The American dream just went asleep for a while, for at the wings of every darkness, hangs a new dawn, a new day, a new hope and a future. One thing we must be realistic about is that, it may not take a year or a term, but it surely will be at hand. The utmost virtue in this time of trials is patience, tolerance and retaining our focus, both as individuals and as a nation.
My perception of the country in 2 – 3 years’ time from now is a country fully or almost fully recovered and moving forward. It does not matter who controls the congress, or which party has the presidency. We must continually stay focus and persevere the tough times for now, sacrifice where we need to for the good of our future. The American Dream is not lost yet, if you owned a home and lost it, you’ll get it back, not necessarily the same house, but you’ll get it back. If you lost a job, they’re coming your way, if you are in business and pushed out of business, you’ll bet back and even excel. Keep in mind that the latter days will be better than the former days, if only we do what we need to do.