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8/20/2017 12:01:00 AM
Poor Is A State Of Mind; Broke Is A Temporary Condition
Written July 27, 2017

Judge Rembert
Guest Columnist



She does not know...
Know who told her that...
But it is so true...
In all the years she has lived...
Lived and survived...
Those words have given her hope...
Often given her direction...
She has been broke...
BUT never poor...



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In the year 2017 there are many...
Many folks who need to hear these words...
Young and old, male and female...
Money and debt are problems...
They need these words to hold on to...
Maybe these words would help...

2017 young folks have to face job decisions...
Their parents had jobs for years...
Jobs in the same buildings...
Same companies...
This is not the way in 2017...

Companies change owners...
Companies come and go with the wind...
Jobs come and go just as fast...
Schools do not teach crafts...
Schools do not teach life skills...

She looks at the cars with $800.00 wheels...
See the tattooed arm hanging out the window...
She sees that driver go in and buy with food stamps...
It breaks her heart cause she knows...
Knows this person will maybe never know...
Never know what a good job and security
can do for the soul...

Older citizens deal with a different world...
Different world from their grandparents...
They remember all the time they spent with...
With their grandparents...
Remember how they helped them...
Mowed their grass...
Did yard work, etc. etc...

Where are their grandchildren...
They are in their own world...
They come but they sit with a phone...
Their bodies are in the room...
But their heads bowed...
Not in prayer but in phone...

Now if you are broke you can work...
You can get a job...
You can change that condition...
But if you are poor...
Oh my, that is different...
Poor is in your head...
Poor is harder to change...
That is a mind set that you buy...
You buy it with your actions...
Buy it with your heart...
You look in a mirror and you see...
You see a person with no hope...
You see a person who gives up...
You don't like what you see...
But you do not think you can change...
So you don't...

---More About Judge Rembert: WWII made Judge an only child when her half-brother was killed in the war. She lived in a tiny town in South Carolina until she was eight and her Mother went to work. She was sent to a boarding school in Belmont, N.C. From that time on she has lived back and forth in the two Carolinas. They are both home. She was born dyslexic and did not know what the problem was or that it had a name until she was about 45. She was unable to spell so she never put words on paper until she was 65 and had a computer with spell check. She comes from a long line of story tellers and a Mother that taught her much by telling stories. Stories about people and how they faced life and how they dealt with problems. If you read what she writes you may hear her Mother and her Grandmother talking to her. She is thrilled to know that anyone reads her words and finds them interesting. Oh, she is 75 now and makes her home in Maiden, N.C. If you like Judge’s writings or would like to comment on them let her know by emailing judgerembert@bellsouth.net.




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