I had to take the quarterly accounts into the accountant’s office for my boss this morning. His office is in the CBD in a huge building that also houses a mortgage lending company and various companies affiliated with the financial services industry.
In the lift heading up to the tenth floor I heard four frazzleds, two stressed outs, ten lost a fortunes, four my job is on the lines and three might have to downsizes.
All is not well in the economy. The people in the offices are wheezing from too much air-conditioning, their eyes are shadowed with dark smudges. They gaze out the windows as if searching for a way out or trees that they can walk to in their lunch break and lean against while saying : ‘It’s not that bad. It’s not that bad.’
Are we about to plunge into an economic depression or is this merely the start of a shift in the balance of power? One thing seems apparent. Money has a power it shouldn’t.
So many people looking like this –
Worn out. Overwrought. Robbed of their sense of humour. Grey days. Long days. Nights spent watching the clock.
Sometimes I wonder where it will all end…..