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(Posted 7:30 a.m., Dec. 3)
Commentary: But for the grace of God

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The complete phrase is “There but for the grace of God go I.” It’s an old English idiom describing one’s good fortune at not suffering the same misfortune of others. Fortune being the operative word.

Our position at any one point in our lives is more often determined by fortune than any other factor.

The difference between those who have plenty and those who don’t, often comes down to a simple twist of fate, and bad fortune can strike at any time and often when you least expect it, or can least afford it.

In many cases, the only thing that separates the family that needs to use the local food bank and you is a layoff notice, some bad news from your doctor, or an untimely accident. Not everyone has a gold-plated medical plan. Many people have no medical insurance at all. Others are barely able to keep up with their bills, so that when misfortune strikes in the form of a job loss, they are plunged into financial distress even if they’re able to collect employment insurance.

It is always important to remind ourselves that there is a fine line between have and have not, and that what side of the line we’re on can often be determined by sheer luck.

I once met a woman who was forced to turn to a social service agency to get Christmas presents for her kids. Her husband had left her and their three children, including their 15-year old autistic son, for another women. He cut them off entirely and she was left trying to make the mortgage payment on their $450,000 Fallingbrook home, along with all the utility bills, the groceries and the car payment. It was more than she could handle.

Another Orléans couple in their 50s got layed off from their federal government jobs within six weeks of each other. They too had to turn to social assistance.

These are just two examples of how fast good fortune can turn to bad. It can happen to anyone at any time. Which is why it is so important to donate to organizations like the Salvation Army, the United Way and the Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre. So that when misfortune does strike, a helping hand is always there.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)


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