The headlines get better each day.  “Traders glum as markets dive around the world.”  “Where did all the money go?”  “U.S. crisis threatens Okanagan.”  “TSX weekly drop biggest in years.”

We are certainly living in interesting times.  The rather quick reversal in the economy has taken many of us by surprise, even those who saw the troubling signs last year in the “credit crunch” in the United States.

Each day there is another ominous headline in the newspaper, another glum news anchor reporting the latest precipitous drop in the stock market.  Our Canadian dollar has tumbled from its lofty perch at par with this US dollar several months ago.

What are we to do?  You can impose a media blackout on you and your household-no papers, no radio, no news on TV.  That’s difficult to do in our media-saturated society.  Good news gets a few lines on the back pages, bad news is rewarded with large type on the front page.  Turn to the good news first and pay only scant attention to the bad.

After you’ve browsed through the good news I’ve got an idea if you’re weary of living in these interesting times.  Go outside.  Grab a rake and pile up the leaves that have been falling in your garden while the Canadian dollar and the stock market have been doing likewise.

Take a walk and focus on the spectacular colours of the trees, silhouetted against the brilliant blue Okanagan sky.  Doom and gloom will not surface when you are outside in October in our valley, it’s simply too miraculously beautiful to happen.

While banks have been getting bailout packages, the grapes and the apples have been harvested.  The roses are still blooming despite the frosty mornings.  The carrots are becoming tastier while still buried in the soil.  The tomatoes picked before the first frost are ripening on the windowsill.

Retail experts are already predicting a slow selling season for Christmas, and it’s still two months away!  Meanwhile, having planted the fall bulbs outside, gardeners are bringing out pots and soil and filling them with amaryllis and paperwhites to fill their homes with vibrant colours and powerful fragrance inside this winter.

Talking heads on the television commiserate over the state of the economy.  We go to the mailbox and are delighted by the arrival of the first seed catalogues, full of promise and hope for a good season next year.  Put on a pot of tea and crack open the possibilities.

Economies fluctuate, interest rates fluctuate, stock prices rise and fall, but the roses always bloom, the tomatoes always ripen, the leaves unfurl each spring and gently float to the ground in autumn.  Turn off the television, put down the paper, ignore the bad news, go outside and embrace all the good things that happen in the garden.

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