You know, I never understood the meaning of “The Only Thing We have To Fear is Fear Itself”. I thought I did, but not until I experienced my first real recession as a professional and as a father. Now I know.

With all this Doom and Gloom around the economy and the current state of world affairs, I came across this paragraph from a president:

“In such a spirit on my part and on yours we face our common difficulties. They concern, thank God, only material things. Values have shrunken to fantastic levels; taxes have risen; our ability to pay has fallen; government of all kinds is faced by serious curtailment of income; the means of exchange are frozen in the currents of trade; the withered leaves of industrial enterprise lie on every side; farmers find no markets for their produce; the savings of many years in thousands of families are gone…”

-Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1932

It’s funny how history sometimes repeats itself.  How the challenges we faced so long ago, seem to be so close to everyone once again.

So, following in the great words of FDR, I propose that we all stop being fearful.  Hard, damn right impossible I know. However, I for one am going to make this my belated new years resolution for 2009.  Stop being fearful.

Remember, History Repeats itself… the bad things, but also the good.