Volume 55, No. 2
BY A N T H O N Y J. A H E R N
THE PROTRACTED SLOW RECOVERY of our nation’s economy
— much of it related to lingering recessionary aftereffects but some
of it the result of unwise policy decisions — has reduced income
prospects for many individuals and families. Their stress levels
have been elevated. Some are struggling to just hang on. With the
Thanksgiving holiday around the corner, a positive boost to our
perspective seems quite in order.
I would like to offer one. People have resilience: the ability to re-
cover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.
President & CEO
Dir. of Comm.
Editor Art & Prod. Manager
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No doubt our nation still faces challenging times. For not-so-uplift-
ing perspectives on the national outlook, one just has to compare
what each of the presidential campaigns says about the other
party’s economic platform.
But if any nation on earth is uniquely positioned to draw on the
well of resilience, it has to be the United States. We have the rule of
law. We elect our government leaders. We have political freedom.
We have an economic system that allows comebacks. We have the
positive environment for ideas to ﬂourish.
Perhaps most important, we have a society where individuals are
not constrained by the situations into which they are born and
where the best efforts of individuals can lift us all. We are a nation
that has been enriched by the diverse backgrounds that we all
Human beings persevere, they strive and they rebound. This is how
challenges are faced and overcome. In our country, we have an
ideal environment for people to exercise resilience. We can be
thankful that resilience is somehow coded into human DNA, and
we can hope that for many it is a dominant gene.
(On a side note, there is something else for which we can be thank-
ful. The 2012 presidential election is November 6, and soon the
media ads and robo-calls will stop.)
2 COUNTRY LIVING
• NOVEMBER 2012
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