Have you noticed by now that I like to listen in on the conversations of others, not for gossip or dirt, but to spot trends and gauge the general climate? So once again, everywhere I went this weekend, I tried to measure the general temperature of those around me.
I heard one word over and over this weekend, in various permutations. No matter the context, the speaker always uttered this word with more than a tinge of derision or a trace of disdain. The word was “budget”, and I heard it in:
Sorry, that’s not in my budget
The company has to slash 15% of the budget
I didn’t budget for that
I never had to budget before
They’re cutting the budget at work
The credit counselor needs to see a copy of my budget
I’m no rocket scientist, but it appears to me that those sagging shoulders you see all around you are people burdened by the weight of budgets.