Putting Your National Treasure Under Lock and Key

by Jan Geronimo on January 16, 2009

I came across this interesting article appropriating Steve Jobs as a natural treasure. Just as well they should do that in these times of economic uncertainty. Examining his contributions to making the Apple company what it is today, I couldn’t agree more. And yet, Steve Jobs, who’s on medical leave, can very well be fighting an uphill battle against a formidable enemy.

Time and circumstance indeed have a way of confounding even the best among us. What do we do in times like this when the barbarians are literally and figuratively banging at the gate?

What constitutes our family jewels? How do we hold on fast to our symbols and treasure chests while the world ominously shifts?

In war-torn Gaza, it’s a mother or father shielding his children with his body as mortar shells razed the neighborhood. It’s a moment’s lull in the fighting so you can take your children to a more secure place. A square meal even. Or medicine to stop a wounded family member’s infection.

Closer to home, we don’t get to stare down death itself like our brothers in Gaza. But we face a bleak landscape of continuing economic uncertainty. We have lost our homes. Jobs came next. And out the window went our little luxuries.

So we power down our consumptions. We make do with less. We compromise. But what are the things or possessions you’d hope you can totally guard against losing? Do you have cheat codes to effect your game plan?

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  • Jan
    @vhingF: thanks for passing by. :)

    @Kelvin: And I have a magnetic force field to ward off evil spirits. Nyahaha. Thanks. :)
  • Kelvin Servigon
    World is getting tougher and tougher. We live in the world where almost everything is possible. Just being with God is my shield in hard times.

    Good post Jan, ^__^
  • vhingF

    just passed by...
    to see ur nice blog

    have a nice day!
  • earthlingorgeous
    Hi Jan,

    Me again, off topic. I have a tag for you I know you hate tags but this is something for the Philippines and Filipino bloggers so maybe I hope you'd consider :) It's the Filipinos Unite Prayer Tag on my blog. Cheers!

    Hope you have a great week ahead :)

  • Jan
    @David: You nailed it - realizing what our needs are as against wants is an essential first step to coping in these stressful times. And we're looking forward to a more compassionate American government under president-elect Obama. :) Thanks for dropping by, David.

    @Grandma: You have the wealth of experience, Grandma. We're in for a prolonged period of uncertainty. The good thing is this can be cyclical and may come to pass. In the meantime, I'm looking forward to reading more of your posts. You've got lots of stories topped with humor and wisdom - just what the doctor prescribes for the battered soul. Thanks, Grandma.
  • Grandma
    Make do with less, that's the name of the game. More and more people are getting in on it.
    It's a little scary and I sure hope it can be turned around.
  • David J. Verjano
    It definitely is important to realize what is a "need" and what is a "want" during these difficult times. The truth is that this situation only makes you aware of how lucky we are as a country to be so affluent and well-off compared to most of the world. Hopefully this can instill some compassion and care in many Americans to not only grab hold to their treasures but to help others take hold of their own treasures. Good insight.
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