Editor’s note: The following is a comment made on the Oct. 9 Inman News column, "Living in borrowed times."

"I have been working with way too many clients over the last several months who are in severe financial straits. One thing that I keep reminding them of is that they have to stop judging themselves by what they have; rather, they need to judge themselves by who they are. Having to give up material things does not make anyone a bad person. Recognizing that they can still put food on the table, clothes on their family’s back and a roof over their heads helps to put everything into perspective. Yes, we are going to have to undergo a radical shift in our American lifestyle. But, even with this shift, most of us will still be living far better than 95 percent of the other people on this planet. We should be very thankful." —Peter J. Pike

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