Monday, April 6, 2009

Credit Crunch (3)

What is recession?

A lot has been said and done about the ongoing recession, it’s so sad to see/hear the loss and effect of the global meltdown all around us. I had done a serious post here and a not too serious :-) post here on the credit crunch. This post is just to help us lighten up, lets say...... my attempt at humour.

Please enjoy this story.....

This story is about a man who once upon a time was selling Hotdogs by the road side, He was illiterate, so he never read newspapers. He was hard of hearing, so he never listened to the radio. His eyes were weak, so he never watched television, but enthusiastically, he sold lots of Hotdogs.
He was smart enough to offer some attractive schemes to increase his sales.

His sales and profit went up; He ordered more and more raw material and buns and sold more.

He recruited more support staff to serve more customers, he started offering home deliveries. Eventually he got himself a bigger and better stove. As his business was growing, the son who had recently graduated from college joined his father.

Then something strange happened.
The son asked, “Dad, aren’t you aware of the great recession that is coming our way?” The father replied, “No, but tell me about it”. The son said, “The international situation is terrible! The domestic situation is even worse! We should be prepared for the coming bad times.”

The man thought that since his son had been to college, read the papers, listened to the radio and watched TV, he ought to know and his advice should not be taken lightly.

So the next day onwards, the father cut down his raw material order and buns, took down the colourful signboard, removed all the special schemes he was offering to the customers and was no longer as enthusiastic. He reduced his staff strength by giving layoffs.

Very soon, fewer and fewer people bothered to stop at his Hot dog stand, and his sales started coming down rapidly and so did the profit. The father said to the son, “Son, you were right.” We are in the middle of a recession and crisis. I am glad you warned me ahead of time.”


I am not in anyway trying to undermine the effect or the gravity of the recession, just that I am more interested on how we allow it affect us.
In as much as it looks like we are helpless, there is still a "little" lot we can do,
like I wrote here.

but in all I think we just should not FUEL the recession more than we should, and if it helps anyone, our prayer and confession this season should be;

………..in this recession, God help me experience a progression!

Nice week, you all!

53 comments:

Enkay said...

Furrrst!!!!

I'm learning from the gurus Temite and Bumight.

I'll claim the first position and I'll go and read.

BRB!

RocNaija said...

Interesting post here..
I guess it's about looking beyond what's around us and seeing what we can do to change our situation..

RocNaija said...

Life, they say is like a mirror.. if you smile at it, it'll smile back at you..

justdoyin said...

good lesson through a good story...thanx Funke...btw, I saw u on diemptyseries...nice...

ochuko said...

Great write up. If the father ignored his son's advice, that would have been a classic unboxed theory in action.
For believers,there's nothing like recession or 'economy' because there are no scarce resources and "the harvest is great..."
Thanks for the uplifting post.

Enkay said...

Can you imagine? Because of the son's advice, the guy brought the recession home!

Thanks dear. Lately, I've decided to fill my mind with more positive stuff. There's enough trouble in the world already as it is!

NoLimit said...

Nice post funke...
As far as I'm concerened, this is the time to sow!!!
enjoy your week

My World said...

The great recession is indeed affecting our lives but we can always control how much it does..
Lovely post..

Olufunke said...

@Roc Naija: thanks, I like "I guess it's about looking beyond what's around us and seeing what we can do to change our situation"

@JUstDoyin: Doyin , thanks for your comments...and yes o, die-empty series rock!

@Ochuko: I am humbled, many thanks,

@Enkay:Yes o, I agree with you, our confessions should be positive, always.

@NO limit: I agree with you. Thanks!

@My World: many thanks, I agree.......even though something affects us, we can sometimes control how much power we give it to control us. Thanks for stopping by

Writefreak said...

I will not be a bearer of bad news! God's word says Isaac sowed in famine and reaped a hundred fold, it will be the same with me and my household! And when men are saying there is a casting down, we will be saying there is a lifting up! Amen!

Olamild said...

waowwwwwwwww

Olori adura niyen o.
God help me progress o
and help us all

Rising from my Ashes said...

Funky, its my first time here and I'd like to explore your archives.

StandTall-The Activist said...

Waoh wrong step! Thanks for warn us to take the right step.

Debbie said...

I to the hills will lift my eyes from where comes my help even in times of recession for the father almight will protect me from the negative effect of recession, inflation and deflation.
As children of God we need to keep our eyes on the father even through the steepest curves.

A nice piece

Remi, United Kingdom said...

I like this piece.... It reminds me of people nowadays listening to the news every single day and then believing all the hype of recession. Eventually, recession will affect the listener; if that becomes their most dominant thought, or what they hear and read every single minute of the day. People will experience recession if they choose to participate in it. I for one refuse to participate in it.

Guess what? Money did not leave the planet, it simply changed hands, yes, even in the midst of recession. The man in your story worked on that principle, when he was unaware of recession. The minute he decided to participate by reducing his stock, he simply gave the money permission to go elsewhere...
I like the post...

have a great Easter...
Much Love

JFS said...

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DiAmOnD hawk said...

what a lovely post!
i barely watch the news... because they seem to revel in sad news... i wonder what would happen if they started being positive... i think things might turn around... as far im concerned i am not participating in the recession

Emeka Amakeze said...

Nigeria Television Authority conducted an opinion poll along the streets of a major city in the country on the effects of economic meltdown and recession on the masses. Each of the respondents affirmed that they were being affected by the economic crunch but when they were asked how, the steam evaporated.

doll said...

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Kémi Penélopê said...

You couldn't have narrated it better than you did...
Lesson learnt from the story: despite the situation, don't let it overtake you, instead overtake it with joy & laughter believing that God is in controlThank you so much, Olufunke...you don't put up post all the time but when you do, it is always the thought-provoking ones.
God bless you...

Happy Easter...

Olamild said...

I'm still loving this post

tobenna said...

Sooo, recession is actually how you respond to recession??

Dammy said...

"...in this recession, God help me experience a progression"

What a prayer!

Hope you are good?

Ladi said...

Too much truth to this....I'm trying not to change my lifestyle and contribute my little drops to worsening job-cuts especially for clothes makers (hehe, I'll go shopping next week and support them with my wallet)!!!!

BSNC said...

that was a nice post..

it doesn't really affect you unless you make it affect you( I guess)..

yankeenaijababe said...

miss ya...longest time, update sister

Omo Oba said...

my dear, i loved this story! u took thots out of my head for real. as in, sometimes i just want CNN and their brothers to shut up about the recession because they are only adding firewood to the fire, and making more people fearful of going out to spend money thus perpetuating the "recession."

Rose said...

You are right Dear...inspite of this there is something we can do..

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Rita said...

Amen...my dear, how are you doing? Long time

Original Mgbeke said...

Amen to that prayer. Others might be in a recession but in Jesus name I am in a progression. Funke I bin dey try reach this ya blog but anytaim I click, na so internet explorer go tok say hin no fit open the website. Na devil o...well I have finally made it hia. :-)

fseye said...

Hi Olufunke

It's my first time here and I really love the post.

Whatever we think about and focus on will eventually become our reality. Thanks for this.

aloted said...

aunty...i even thought u had updated that was why u were harassing me for more updates...lol..pot calling kettle black ehn??

how u dey naaa?

Jaycee said...

LOLLLLLL @ the story. Now, that's just hilarious! LOL...good one!

deola said...

You are right, you know

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Beulah! said...

Olufunke...where art thou??...Missing u already!, Pls come and perform..lol

Olamild said...

madam where u go o?

Omo Oba said...

Hope u are doing ok. Its been a min.

Rita said...

How are you doing?

Beulah! said...

Funke where art thou????? Missing u sooo much oh

prashant said...

I guess it's about looking beyond what's around us and seeing what we can do to change our situation..
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