When we fly we are instructed to put our own oxygen mask on first if there is a change in cabin pressure. Once that is taken care of we are in a position to assist those around us. We are experiencing a severe change in our economic pressure in this country right now. It has been evolving for decades and we are now reacting to these stresses with upset and blame. I received a wonderful email recently that had a very positive solution to this enormous issue:
| ” One Light Bulb at a Time””A physics teacher in high school, once told the students that while one grasshopper on the railroad tracks wouldn’t slow a train very much, but a billion of them would. With that thought in mind, read the following..This past weekend I was at Kroger. I needed 60 W light bulbs and Bounce dryer sheets. I was in the light bulb aisle, and right next to the GE brand I normally buy was an off-brand labeled, “Everyday Value.. ” I picked up both types of bulbs and compared the stats – they were the same except for the price.. The GE bulbs were more money than the Everyday Value brand but the thing that surprised me the most was the fact that GE was made in MEXICO and the Everyday Value brand was made in – get ready for this – the USA in company in Cleveland, Ohio.
So on to another aisle – Bounce Dryer Sheets … . . Yep, you guessed it, bounce cost more money and is made in Canada . The Everyday Value brand was less money and MADE IN THE USA ! I did laundry yesterday and the dryer sheets performed just like the Bounce Free I have been using for years and at almost half the price!I was in Lowes the other day for some reason and just for the heck of it I was looking at the hose attachments. They were all made in China . The next day I was in Ace Hardware and just for the heck of it, I checked the hose attachments there. They were made in USA . Start looking.
In our current economic situation, every little thing we buy or do affects someone else — even their job.
My challenge to you is to start reading the labels when you shop for everyday things and see what you can find that is made in the USA- the job you save may be your own or your neighbors!”
It is time to take care of ourselves first. We don’t have to “ban” imports or be “anti” any other culture. Just read the label. If you want to buy something see if there is a version of that product made here. Then try it. If you are happy with it you have supported a product made at home. That means profits for the company based in the USA. If we start a trend then owners will pay attention. They might expand production, hire new employees and change their minds about sending orders elsewhere to be produced.
Anger and protests draw attention to a movement. We are seeing a lot of that right now. This is a different approach. It is quiet. It is positive. It comes from a desire to support ourselves not diminish others or attack business owners or label them as traitors.
Let’s try it. If the products are equally good and also less expensive then what do we have to lose? Even if the products are more expensive can we afford to continue our current trend? My uncle had a wonderful saying: “don’t step over a dollar to pick up a dime”. We have been picking up dimes for decades. Buying cheap. Convincing ourselves that made outside of the USA makes sense. I don’t think it does anymore. We can’t afford to turn our backs on our neighbors/on ourselves. No-one is going to put our oxygen mask on for us. We must help ourselves first and then when we are breathing well, feeling strong, we can help others. Ardis
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