First, I would like to apologize for the loss of my first post. I began to go back and re-write it, but things never seem to come out as good the second time around so I just decided to forget it and give the thanks to Google.
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About two years ago, I began to fall into financial difficulties along with 90% of the rest of the world. I certainly felt the embarrassment, but didn't feel alone. Not long ago, we lost just about everything material that we owned. I am not angry or hateful about this. I am thankful that we have each other and that we still have jobs and our health. I have never lived on this end of the spectrum and it is so very different than what I was used to. I now find myself needing the help, instead of being the one to lend help to others. It's quite different for me and has taken me time to adjust to this new way of living. One thing that I am especially grateful for after our experience is that I have taken time to stop and 'smell the coffee'. I have never done that. I lost track of what was truly important to me in my life. I was engulfed by the constant go,go,go and never took the time for the little things in life. This experience has left me more appreciative of what I do have and has shown me how important my family is to my total being.
What I don't understand is why some people are treated differently based on what they own, or how much money they have. Call me naive or whatever. It's bullshit! I am the same person that I was a month ago, a year ago. I have never flaunted anything we had. Hell, most people didn't even know where we lived or how we lived until they came to visit us. But last week, I had an experience that just blew my mind and pissed me off past reason!
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To make a long story short, people are judged by what they own and how much money they appear to have and are treated accordingly. The level of trust decreases and respect seems to go straight out the window! This to me is totally unacceptable! This sucks! Whatever happened to treating a person according to their merits? Being kind to a person for who they actually are and for the efforts? I am totally amazed by all of this. I do not look at the world in black and white. I realize that there are gray areas and everyone deserves a chance. I also realize that nothing in life is free and that if you want something bad enough, you need to work for it. What has happened to the compassion in life? What has happened to the acceptance? Where has the 'Okay, you got some rough bumps along the way, but you can rebound' kind of attitude gone, the encouragement of others? Why is the 'support of others' so difficult for most people.
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Surely, I am not the only way feeling this way? Do you get treated differently because you do or don't have a certain amount of money? Are you looked down on because you are not in perfect health? Do share!