Thursday, March 5, 2009

Survivor’s Guilt – Recession?

On the way home, I heard a talk radio host talk about people who are not facing immediate financial problems. He asked if they were feeling Survivor's Guilt. What do you think?

In our family, I cannot say we do not feel some level of survivor's remorse. While my wife's job is secure and mine appears "OK" for now, one of the largest employer's in our city is under severe financial pressure. Even if they survive, there are going to be a large number of layoffs in our city. Needless to say, the mood in the area is not upbeat.

Last week, we dropped some money on an economically priced Ikea sofa and a very nice dresser. Next, we booked a condo in Myrtle Beach for a week in April. While we got a fantastic rate on the condo, it still feels we should feel guilty for spending money. While we are not going into debt to fund this spending, it feels "wrong" to spend money.


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