Messy, Messy, Messy
My work space is very messy right now. There are 6 – 3 ring binders covering the dining table, because my work just had to spill out to another room, as the floor is full of piles of paper, the chairs and of course my desk top and computer.
This is very disconcerting to me, because I work best in order, quiet and scheduled zones of time management. Particularly when I am dealing with numbers and money, which is my primary occupation these days as I prepare for taxes.
I have Dyscalculia.
Because so few people understand this particular malady, there is not much sympathy generated around it and in my youth when I had no name for it, I was just labeled lazy.
I have worked my entire life to develop systems that work for me and numbers, and I was so blessed with a child who could just answer questions for me like: “If the broccoli is $1.49 a pound and I need 1 cup per serving for dinner, how much should I purchase and how much will that take of my planned amount of money for the 6 of us for dinner?”
At 5, this child was my numerical life line in the grocery store. Her genius and my questions helped me learn how to overcome and take care of my needs.
My parents remedy for this laziness, was to have me work more and more with numbers. I filled out numerous ledger books and until August 9th of 2008, I could tell you how my family has spent every penny of its funds over the years.
I loved the computer and the software called Quicken. It was so much easier for me and it kept all the records for me in detail. I could even make charts and get everything ready for the tax accountant in just about ½ a day. I could match up expenses to exactly where I had the receipts filed. There was no guess work involved, just hours of writing everything down and filing it in the proper place.
Ah then we come to August 9th, 2008, my personal bank changed their banking system, I then had to change my Quicken password that connected to the new banking system because my old password was not safe.
I could not fix it.
Now, the Quicken program was corrupting my calendar and day planner in Outlook. The next week the DVD-RW would not work. I could no longer transfer money to my investments or pay my credit card bill. I could not make up my quarterly health expenses or print them, and I could no longer enter information and expect straight answers back.
I became afraid to open the program and will be putting it onto a disk and removing it. Since I have stopped using it and have purchased a new server relationship, I notice that my email is now working and my online systems are much improved? Was all this the fault of Quicken? Did it damage my router?
Then my business bank was suddenly bought out by the big East Coast guys in October and I was unable to use my money or my credit cards….oh no! I am in Hawaii at the time and have no way to buy food or services, have to figure out a backup system on my feet, which has angered a number of folks since then.
So I am surrounded by mess – hand writing down in a ledger all the things that the accountant has made a list of that we will need, plus locating the receipts, for our taxes.
I am a microcosm of what is happening in our country and the work that each and every one of us will need to do this year and in the coming years.
I am not complaining here or whining and I am not being lazy. I am just saying the Congress needs to create a list of homework that the banks and financial institutions need to complete before any more money comes their way. It is a great deal of work. And we as citizens need to make sure the banks do their homework and do an A+ job. It is our money and our future.
Here is the funny part. I am just astounded by how many ways people are yelling and screaming about our financial situation; all the distracting name-calling and blaming! When they get done, each one will have to do the work and get it completed the same as everyone else.
Oh, and I think some need to get out their history books and re-learn the lessons of Oligarchy. Several countries have had to deal with this before us and I believe Sweden did an astute job of remedy when their banks got too controlling – Then there was Teddy Roosevelt and his Oligarchy dilemma….and we have known for over 30 years that the Chicago School of Economics did not work – anywhere – and it is an Oligarchy….
This is not something new, it is history repeating itself and teaching new angles to an old lesson.
I became dependant on a software program that failed me and my needs, I am so thankful I have my old skills to fall back on and my perseverance and knowledge to guide me forward.
We all have the freedom to ignore what is happening and not see what is going on, so how do we as individuals recover?
How do we as communities recover? How do we help each other? What do we teach our children?