The word ‘need’ can sometimes feel like a four-letter word. It’s the kind of word that sparks fear in the average man. Everyone would love to believe they would be there for those who are in need but the reality is most don’t want to have to.
Needing a friend can make someone feel like they are laying their burdens on someone else’s shoulders. The hardest part about when times get tough is realizing you may need more from others than you previously anticipated. There is a growing number of American families who are experiencing what if feels like to suddenly be in a lot more need than in the past. The only reassurance comes when your friends recognize how difficult it is to be in that position and let you know they understand.
Most adults take great pride in being self reliant and independent. The last thing anyone wants to experience is a lengthy period of neediness where you must begin to rely on others.
We have all felt the effects of a declining economy and now what used to be somewhat embarressing has been felt by more and more Americans. We can use these experiences to help us better empathize with each other and find creative ways to support one another in these trying times.
Now we all can say we share one more thing in common. We know what it is like to have to tighten our belts and manage our financial lives a little better. I hope we can find ways to help and encourage each other though these trying times and having good friends makes it that much easier.