I wrote this in the Spring of 2013. We are faced with a corporate monolith but there are ways out…we just have to buy in as the NY Times author in the attached article demonstrates.
…..This week we had a power surge in the neighborhood. We have lost some pricey electronics. The week has been spent figuring out how to get compensation for those electronics. It takes a lot of time and patience which I am in short supply of right now after a winter that began in October with Hurricane Sandy, and is holding on with the grey claws of cloud cover.
The other thing that happened this week: both our vehicles needed repair work. When I paid my $1300 for parts and labor last Saturday, I thought about how many hours I work as an adjunct professor to pay that bill. Cha Ching, Cha Ching…3 weeks at 40 hours a week plus 10…130 hours.
(I taught 2 classes, no longer, I did compute that if each student took 10 classes a year for $50,000 and I taught 23 students per class, each class I taught brought in, Roughly, Crudely, $115,000 and I earned about, as I recall $4000 per class .)
What is important about that, to me, is the disparity between what I make and what the repair industry of my Ford 2004 Taurus makes. It is a micro-example of how out of balance the economy is right now…the things we need to survive cost a lot more than the average person makes.
It reminds me of my 6th grade feudalism studies where we made paper huts to place on the edges of the feudal manor.
In the midst, I found this article and I am thinking about what I can control to make my life simpler. Each item we own requires energy and money, not just in its purchase, but in its maintenance too. I am focusing on balance and gratitude. I agree with the author below and I know I need to change my energy allocation.
The article: Living With A lot Less