For many around the world, it has been disheartening and down right scary reading about the anger, name calling, racism and hate mongering at recent McCain/Palin rallies.
A report that a man in Southern California shot his 3 kids, wife, mother in law and himself today was a shock. Apparently, he was financially distraught and had been jobless for months, and had written about his choices in facing this challenge. His psychosis resulted in killing his entire family as perhaps the most honorable escape. Personally, this story shook me given that I could relate culturally to the man – Karthik Rajaram – and his Indian family: married with 3 children, one son a Fulbright Scholar at UCLA. He had an MBA and had worked for well known firms.
This report follows last weeks about a 90 year old woman who shot herself when threatened to be thrown out of her foreclosed home. It comes at the end of a day where world markets continued to tumble, and the Dow Jones closed at below 10,000.
The reality, I fear, is that we are at the beginning of a financial correction which is going to affect the livelihoods and lives of people around the world. It is a time of real challenges, real adjustments, real fear.
I said a few weeks ago that: My Intent is to understand the ramifications of the macro economic realities, and support those who are facing difficulties in these uncertain times. As I read the headlines throughout the day, and hear more and more stories – some personal and some in the news – I really do feel that we, as communities and as individuals, need to support each other in whatever way we can.
I ask you, how can we help individuals faced with financial insecurity in these uncertain times?
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the United States. While I have met many women going through treatment, or those who are survivors, I actually had my first intimate experience with the prospect of breast cancer only a week ago. My daughters
My Intent is to focus on peace — in my family, in my community and in the world.
When I was in Business School at Kellogg, investment banking and getting a job at a company like Lehman Brothers or Merrill Lynch meant that you had succeeded. The thought that Lehman Brothers has gone bankrupt is mindboggling.
Today, I flew from LA to NYC and watched five hours of dire news on the state of the economy. Endless soundbytes of McCain saying the “fundamentals of the economy are strong” were contrasted with Obama proclaiming that McCain doesn’t get it. The reality is that this is a complex situation, and my very limited understanding of economics makes me feel incompetent in understanding many of the nuances of what could have, should have, and should be done.
What I do know is this.
When the market crashed in 1999, I had a good company that did not survive. Today, I believe I have another good company — Intent — and I am raising money in a difficult climate. (That said, this time around I will make sure we survive!)
While my husband’s income is stable, others in my family are being faced today with trying times in their work. As the founder of Intent, I may not have an income today, but I am responsible for a team that relies on me, which personally only makes me more committed to succeeding.
I think my money is safe, but I ask myself — should I just spread it around hoping for the best? Should I invest abroad?
There are difficult times ahead for us as a nation, and I for one want to be prepared. I want my family in a stable situation, so I will be minding our financial commitments for some time. I want my employees to have stability, so I will focus on milestones that position us for success in the short term, as well as the long term.
But this will not just be about the U.S., millions of people around the world are now affected by a global economy. We must lead by example in finding a new balance.
In challenging times, great companies are built. If we believe in what we are doing and we can manifest our intentions, we can and will succeed.
But then, I ask you, what can we as individuals and as a society do to help one another in this time of stress? What is your intention? How do we support each other, and create optimism and prosperity for the the years to come?
I was just watching a report about the children of the victims on 9/11 reading the names of those who died on that terrible day.
Should Oprah have Sarah Palin on her show?
Oprah Winfrey this year did something she has never done before. She used her celebrity status to promote Obama as a presidential candidate.
Back to school this year resulted in tears – mommy tears.
In choosing 1st term Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin as his VP pick,McCain and his advisors have demonstrated how thick headed they arewhen it comes to women. Do they honestly believe women are so stupid tovote purely for a woman? I supported Hillary because she was a smart,experienced woman who supported and has spent her life fighting for theissues I believe in, and I felt confident she would be a great AmericanPresident.
Apparently, Republicans were desperate to choose a woman, notactually caring about experience or judgment, but solely focused onchanging the dialogue and showing how bold they can be. Also, she isstaunchly pro-life – an effort to attract the Republican conservativebase. Is that going to attract the women voters who believe in theirown right to choose?
The Obama/Biden ticket represents change, but also wise judgment,experience, hope and a new direction at its core. It is a choice thatis the right one for America, not made just for a news headline.