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As I write this, we are almost at the end of 2009 and moving into 2010. Are you prepared? Are you prepared for even more changes than 2009? Have you created in your mind the year you want to experience in 2010? Perhaps it is time for each of us to take a reality check.

A case in point is the situation of the truck drivers who worked for Arrow Trucking Co. whose headquarters has been in Tulsa, Oklahoma with a fleet of 1400 trucks. What would you do if you were driving one of their trucks and happened to be out-of-state when you noticed you need to refuel? Bam! Reality check! The fuel card had been pulled and you were now stranded at a truck stop in god-knows-where. Apparently, Arrow Trucking declared bankruptcy without notifying their employees 60 days in advance as required by law. Fortunately, the trucks were leased and the two leasing companies Daimler Trucks and Navistar bought bus tickets for the stranded truckers and each received $200. This happened only a few days before Christmas. The reports I read were dated December 22.

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We can perhaps note a tip of the iceberg of what could grow into a large domino effect. How prepared are you? Do you carry a backpack in your vehicle with water, a change of underwear, toothbrush, extra cash and essentials you might need if you were stranded away from home? It is something to think about. One might also carry a gallon of fuel in the trunk of the vehicle.

One has only to look at the disasters around the world and remember Katrina in New Orleans. It was chaos with the highways choked with vehicles and thousands attempting to leave the flooding. Many did not return. Many lost everything.

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Are you mentally prepared for drastic changes? Some will say that they pray. That is all well and good, however there is an old saying, "Treat (pray) and move your feet." God helps those who help themselves. An attitude of hope has sustained me over the years. When I observe the inequities in the world, I do not pretend they are not there. I carry within me an attitude of hope and I search within me opportunities to make changes in my life. Hope carries within it a frequency of action. It is an opportunity to look at one's abilities and talents and put them to use. These times are open and receptive to innovative ideas and actions.

Responsibility is one of the most important words we can live by and this is something that most Americans have avoided. The time is coming and, it could be 2010 when responsibility will be a big issue. We cannot rely on our government to take care of us. It is time for us to mature and take charge of our lives. It is a responsible thing to do. Whining and pointing fingers will not help. In many ways, each of us contributed to the mess we have now. For decades, we turned a deaf ear and chose to look the other way while corporate world and the industrial/military complex were having a heyday at our expense.

We in the United States have a history of pioneers who forged ahead, moving across this country seeking places to settle while enduring many hardships. It is a pioneer spirit that each of us must bring forth from the well of our being and become creators our own saviors. Our pioneer spirit can give us strength and courage to face whatever this coming year 2010 holds.

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In the meantime, one can prepare for tough times. It does no good to gnash our teeth and blame our political leaders or the President. These tough times have been in the making for decades. Our current national senators and representatives just happen to be in office when the crash came. It is time for each of us to take responsibility for our own welfare and that of our family.

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Bettye Johnson is the award-winning author of Secrets of the Magdalene Scrolls, an Independent Publishers Book Award Winner 2006. Moving from the cotton fields in Texas to the embassies of Paris and Tokyo, Bettye Johnson has a woven tapestry of (more...)

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