Well my perspective came from my wife this morning in an e-mail letting me know she went to a local Dunkin' Donuts to get coffee. It's a little bit of what I would call a "sketchy" DD in an area that I would say isn't economically thriving (ok, so what IS right now in our economy?!). SSG was in line to order and apparently there was a woman, probably homeless, asking people to buy her coffee and asking the DD workers for coffee. All the woman wanted was coffee and everyone was ignoring her or saying "no". It's true she could have been an alcoholic or had a drug problem and I know some people refuse to help people like that because they don't want to contribute to the habit....but....the woman just wanted a $2.50 fucking cup of coffee! Not surprisingly, my wife who has a huge heart bought her a large cup of coffee. It's one of the reasons I love her so much. She's just good people.
So while I get discouraged that I can't provide a house for my family and that we can't go on fancy vacations every year, we do have a nice apartment, we have jobs, we have a great marriage, and great families. We can go out and buy coffee and that is a good dose of perspective.