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Simple plan


You’re rich enough to offer a bailout

“Bailout” was an easy choice for Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year 2008. No wonder. People begged for billions in bailouts last year, and the groveling shows no signs of stopping in 2009. Besides CEOs of auto, mortgage and insurance companies, some friends of mine yearned for bailouts for their cash-strapped families.

I can only imagine how many people prayed God would send someone to them with a bailout in hand. After all, a little (or a lot of) financial help can solve a problem or two — or at least keep creditors at bay until a person or business can get the financial side of their house in order.

I’m guessing here, but based on the crashing economy, rising unemployment rates, the $9,000 in credit card debt the average consumer has, shrinking investments and little relief in sight, many people need more than an economic bailout.

A neighbor, colleague, friend or family member might need an emotional, psychological, physical or spiritual bailout. The good news is, you can offer it to them whether you are rich or not.

How?

Throw some positive words their way, pray for them or even with them, invite them to church, take them to your gym, pay one of their bills, make them a meal, or just be a friend with some time to spare. Your no-strings-attached bailout plan could be the stimulus package that pulls your friend out of the crisis they are grappling with.

Not only will it cost next to nothing, both of you will be better for it. And that’s as good as gold.

Kirk Noonan

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