And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper – Psalms 1:3
This was the final session of the community center’s financial counseling for adults and Ralph wanted to illustrate a very important point about saving, that required a hose, a basin, and an inquisitive individual. “Before we break for lunch, are there any questions or concerns?” Ralph asked. “That’s going to overflow!” the man declared, pointing to the objects. “All over the floor!” echoed another. “You both are right! If left unattended, these little drops of water will eventually fill this basin and overflow. And that’s exactly what will happen with every dollar you save. Twenty turns into a hundred, and so on.”
“Returning to normalcy” has been a very popular phrase during the last several months, as many establishments have begun to resume operations. Yet for those who experienced extensive unemployment, the task will be quite daunting especially financially, as savings accounts earmarked for emergencies were drained merely to survive. Thus, it becomes not “returning to normalcy” but “starting from scratch.”
Yes, this pandemic has touched every area of our lives and the recovery may feel overwhelming. But, we must forge ahead, take one step at a time. No matter how insignificant our steps may seem, we will pull through. And, in due season, we’ll discover a new and better normal.