(Not so) Great in '08 - Will we be fine in '09?

(12/31/08) - Chris reflects on the year that has passed and an optimistic view of the year to come...

Sometimes, it's difficult to work in this environment.  It often seems any good news that's out there is overshadowed by bad news.

Whether it be contrived or factual, the "bad economy" has just about everyone in a funk.  In the world of broadcasting there is a saying "perception is reality".  People tend to believe the experts who claim this is the worst of the worst.  The mere perception of bad times often becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.  That's not to say no one is suffering...far from it.

Recently, there have been a number of layoffs and job losses in our area.  Those are are hard to take at any time...but especially difficult this time of year.  One tends to wonder "why me" and "why now"?

Such is life.

Despite the terrible news, I've seen South Central Kentuckians - and others across the country with their fists raised high, gritting their teeth and reaching for their wallets in defiance of what the "experts" say.  I've heard many of you say "we're going to have a Christmas after all...it may be scaled back a bit, but we're still having Christmas!"

That's the kind of spirit that gives us hope.  Never say quit...never give up.  It's the job of the national media to paint a bleak picture.  Without it, they'd have nothing to report.  Statistics show that while people say they want to hear more good news few actually tune in for it.  It's the old rubbernecker theory...everyone slows down to peer at the scene of an accident.

For those of us old enough to remember, we've suffered through bad times before...many times.  Is this one worse?  The answer is relative to your lifespan and lifestyle.  If you're not used to living beyond your means, this ecomomic slowdown may be unnoticable to you.  I am amused by the younger generation who is afraid of losing their Playstation 3 or won't be able to pay for texting on their iPhone.  Oh my...how will I live?

It all comes down to being thankful...a humble appreciation for what's meaningful in life.  You know, the stuff we often take for granted.  God, love of friends and family, health, a home, food to eat, a car, a paycheck.  If you have these, you should be thankful...you've been blessed.

In 2008, we learned some things weren't impossible or unthinkable.  Old perceptions soon became the new reality by some of the events of the past year.  (The bad): Big banks can go under.  People we place on pedestals can fall from grace.  Pirates can still hijack ships.  (The good): Gas prices can go down...an African-American can be elected President...and I can lose 42 pounds!

I am forever the optimist looking at a glass half-full instead of half-empty.

We're all wondering what 2009 will hold.  Some are drowning in worry while others will ride the waves through every ebb and flow.  In any case, no matter what may happen, we'll make it through.  Our resolve is much stronger than skepticism, our freedom more precious than gold.  Dwell on things such as life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  We are never guaranteed happiness, only the pursuit.

God bless you all in 2009 and thank you for a blessed 2008!


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  • by Mother Of a Sick Child Location: Glasgow on Jan 20, 2009 at 07:35 PM
    What about the people who don't have a car, a paycheck, health insurance and are sick unable to get help? My son has been battling health issues for 6 months, he finally went to a dr and was referred to a GI dr. He called to make an appointment and was told he would need $3000 up front. How does someone laid off pay this? You would think there was some kind of help out there? Well there isn't. He went to the ER at the Medical Center doubled over in pain. They took blood, an x-ray, and stool sample and after 3 hours told him it was non life threatening and gave him pain pills that make him sick, He explain this to The ER Dr and he wrote a prescription for phenagren to help with the nausea. They gave him a pamplet for Fairview Health Center and he called, can't get in til march 23rd? He has called Health Enhanced, Commonwealth free clinic and a few others, all say they can't help. My glass of water turned over and is now not half full nor half empty, But bone dry.
  • by Jeff Location: Beaverdam KY. on Jan 8, 2009 at 04:17 AM
    i watch your weather every morning but the last few mornings no chriss and lora because your station is blacked out hope someone fixes it soon
  • by Sue Location: Roundhill on Jan 1, 2009 at 08:50 PM
    I have to say 2008 was a year of uncertianty, The economy, jobs, and the price of everything wow. 2008 was a tuff year but you have to keep the faith that all will work out and it usually does. I'm looking forward to the changes 09 will bring hopefully for the better what is the saying it's always the darkest before dawn I hope 09 brings everyone plenty of sunshine. May God bless you all and best wishes for the New Year.
  • by former DESA worker Location: alvaton, ky on Jan 1, 2009 at 11:03 AM
    Why, as stated in this article, are other shutdowms and layoffs harder to take? I was terminated from DESA, not layed off like the people at GM!
  • by edith Location: scottsville on Dec 31, 2008 at 10:13 AM
    and a Very happy new year to you...and ALL the staff of WBKO...
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