When people hear "government assistance", they hear poor, welfare, Medicare, Social Security, and other "aide" programs. This is a stigma even I was the beneficiary of in some way when I was a child. My mother worked all of her life, but it took her a monumental amount of time to get to a place that she could release herself from the tides of such assistance. Sadly, when we did receive assistance it was only about $64 a month; a result of my mother making 20 cents over minimum wage. But, we were grateful.
Upon reflection, I recall the hindrance that these government programs have placed on progression. Although, for many families they are a necessary source of survival- I wonder why the government has not better positioned itself to actually assist people in programs that proactively help the struggling class of people invest in education, skills, and trades that would lead to a better quality of life. It's a never ending cycle of handouts and restrictions when you're under government assistance. Look at it this way: if you're on housing or receive welfare you can't make a certain amount of money; yet, this amount of money that excludes a person from assistance is not near a nominal amount to truly survive from month to month or week to week. So, what do many people on government assistance generally do? They stay below the level of acceptance into the program; thus, they never get ahead.
Problems are conditions in need of solving. Strategically, the programs that society have in place for growing yourself are either accompanied by more debt or inaccessible because of economic status. However, if you just throw your hands in the air and say, "That's my point", then you've essentially given-in to every aspect of accepting mediocre or less than in your life. There's more to giving-up. Imagine reversing your state-of-mind to one that precludes acceptance of failure; a mindset that is industrial enough to handle even thinking about the "what-ifs" of life. What if you decide to work two jobs for a short period of time while you pick up a trade, skill, or return to school. I get it. I know that this is easier said than done when you have children or limitations in health. But, how often do we realize we're perfectly capable of more but choose less? Many people believe it's safer not to try, because they've decided to believe in the impossible. But within the impossible is the possible; the possibility that you can surge beyond your doubt; beyond the acceptance of controlled assistance.
I stopped by the grocery store on my way home today, and the lady ahead of me went over her budget. Her bill was $32.57 and she only had $25.00. As she want through her purse in search of pennies, nickles, and dimes- I thought to myself no one would have ever known in this area and the way the lady was put together, that she would be in such a dire need. She went through her purse only to find there was nothing there. I took a look at her groceries; the bare essentials of eggs, bread, meat, and vegetables. I subtly signaled to the cashier to use my card, and as I walked in front of the lady to enter my pin-number I saw the gravest look of despair. She thanked me for my help, and I acknowledge with a smile. I used to be the child of that mother, so I understood. I understood her struggle, embarrassment, and pride. She didn't come in the store unkept or seeking a handout, she came inside thinking she had enough to fit-in; enough not to count on any assistance from anyone.
Sacrifice requires a slaughtering of self- doubt. Results are the effect of hard work. There are times when hard word is like exhaustion walking over your heart and brain; for a while there is a fog and a skeleton of pure beatings of the mind and body before you get to the "place" you want to be in life. That's just a part of life. If it were easy, we'd all be the acception to failure and mediocre. But, it's not. Life requires YOUR assistance; your commitment to investing in yourself enough to create opportunity.
If you realize government assistance will only make you die living subpar or less, remember that this world- this life- is all about your commitment, your sacrifice, your desire and passion to make it better.