“The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.”
Proverbs 18:10 (NKJV)
The market continues to spiral downwards and now everybody fears that we are truly heading towards recession. Australian Dollar also continues to move southward with the exchange rate poised to fall below USD 0.60 this week. If I were still at the office, I would be commiserating the state of the world with Richard, my former workmate. It is a crazy time and it feels like there’s a massive raging storm all over the world. Somehow, strangely enough I’m not that much stressed about the financial situation. It seems like a very ironic statement since I am looking for a job and that I can’t live off my savings forever. Philippians 4:7 certainly comes to my mind, “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” In His time, I will find the next pitstop in my career journey.
Today I got up relatively early during ‘mini retirement break’ … haha. I set my alarm at 7.30am and continued to hit the snooze button until I had to get up at 8.00am. After taking a shower and my first coffee for the day, I took the bus to the city to get some money. I had to pay 10% deposit for the pergola today. The representative from Softwoods was coming over at 10.30am so I had to go to the city and return home with the dosh. I arrived back here a little bit late but at least he didn’t have to wait for too long. We had some discussions regarding the design and colour of the pergola – as well as any technical issues that he should be aware of, such as not knocking the stormwater pipes or the two pittosporum trees at the southern side of the driveway. I made some concessions by changing my request because my initial wish would jeopardise the longevity of the pergola construction. So in a couple of weeks time, I can have a barbeque at home to celebrate my new pergola! Yaay! It’s my contribution to the economy of Australia – if people stop spending, the economy will only deteriorate even further! Besides, it’s extra spending that will only add to the value of my property. 🙂
On the way to the city today, I thought of how I could leisurely get up, go to the city, and do my own activities without the pressures of my working life. Months and months ago, when I still dreaded having to go to work and face the uncertainties at the office, I thought to myself whether I would ever have the chance of having a long service leave at the company. Well, voila – here I am now, enjoying a long service leave, without the long service! How good is that? 😀 One has to hang on to one’s good sense of humour in these challenging times! Soon, my ‘long service leave’ will pass and I will rejoin the 8.30am – 5.00pm brigade, complete with the security and stress that it brings.
So, as the hour just passed midday here in Adelaide, Australia – my former colleagues and thousands of workers in the city would be having lunch at the moment, and stressing over the market turmoil. Me? I’ve just finished my second cup of coffee, listening to my New York Philharmonic Citibank 1998 Asia Tour CD, directed by Kurt Masur. It was ten years ago that I got this CD when I still worked in Citibank Jakarta. Ten years ago around this time, I was also stressing over the Asian economic crisis and the racial tension in Jakarta. I survived that period and I have the faith that I will survive this one as well. 🙂
Life’s excellent! 😀