The Nauvoo Commuter recently sent a daughter away to attend university. The dictum given and repeated for several years was that she would be financially independent once university studies began. She would be responsible for all of her living and education expenses. She would be an adult.
Once the day of reckoning approached, she was sure that sugar daddy would soften up and pay out. I almost did. The temptation was strong, but forbearance won the day.
So she buckled down and reached down inside of herself and rose to the occasion. She made a valiant effort to earn scholarships. She worked three jobs all summer. She became an adult.
And so it is with all of us. When forced to do so, people can overcome tremendous difficulties and succeed. They creatively solve problems and hurdle barriers. They find better ways of doing things. They become entrepreneurs. Out of the current recession will arise winners who blaze new trails.