15 January 2009

too close to home

The effects of our economic meltdown are far-reaching, but - to be honest - I have not really noticed *that* much of a difference in my day-to-day life. Yes, my 401(k) has gone down - but I've only been contributing to one for a few years, and I have time to build it back up. Yes, prices have gone up...but I'm single, I don't have a family to feed and I can keep my costs low, etc.

However, for a lot of people, this economic crisis is an all-consuming monster. People are desperate, and sunk into the depths of depression. I get it . . . and I am grateful that my self-worth and hope is not wrapped up in our economy. Nor in my singing. Nor in my relationships.

But, I know folks for whom hope seems to not be an option; it's not even a faint knock at the door. Today at work, we found out the effects of being caught in that despair. One of our external colleagues - a woman I have known for 4 years and who is in a large part responsible for my staying in SF by helping me out when I needed a job - was killed because her boyfriend felt that a lack of money meant life should not continue. A completely needless death and it makes me angry and sad...but at the moment I just feel dull and shocked.

5 comments:

Chances' Chatters said...

Katy, I am so very sorry to hear about your friend. Life holds no hope if Christ is not part of it. I will pray that all those who knew her would seek His Face and His Peace during this tragic time.

Bag Blog said...

I, too, am very sorry for your loss. It is beyond me how anyone can put so much hope in the earthly.

Buck said...

My God! That's horrible! My condolences, Katy. It always hurts to lose a friend, but losing one in this manner is just indescribably cruel.

Jennie said...

Oh Katy that is so sad. I'm sorry for your loss of a friend and wish that the situation had been different. Hugs.

insidethesparkling said...

Geez, that's horrible. I'm so sorry. It's so hard to imagine someone would take someone else with them in their despair. A firefighter friend in Nevada said the suicide rates are way up there, too, starting back around October.