People around the world have lost their jobs, lost their homes, and seen their futures shattered.
For many, those losses are permanent.
But the stakes are very high.
How will people cope?
How will they get back on their feet?
What can they do to rebuild their lives and make sense of the times?
I want to know how to deal with this.
The questions and anxieties are not new.
But as a result of a rapidly changing economic climate, they have taken on an increasingly prominent role in the lives of ordinary people.
These questions and fears are becoming more pressing as we enter the post-Brexit era.
For most people, their daily lives will never be the same again.
But many people in this country, and in many parts of the world, are struggling to understand why they are losing their jobs and homes.
Many of these workers and their families have experienced the loss of a spouse, parent, child, sibling, friend or even a friend or family member.
Many also experienced loss of their livelihood or lost their ability to make ends meet.
Many people, myself included, have been left with an enormous amount of anxiety and grief.
The impact of that loss on their daily life has been immense.
But, as we have seen over the last few months, these are not the only kinds of challenges faced by millions of Americans.
The effects of economic uncertainty are just as acute and long-lasting as they have been for generations.
It is clear that a major economic change is underway.
As the global economy is thrown into disarray, millions of people around the globe are facing a major challenge in their lives.
Many have already lost their livelihoods, or are in danger of losing their homes.
But millions more will face a loss in their futures.
We cannot wait for that economic change to arrive.
We cannot wait until a new government comes into power.
But we can start to plan for a time when the economy can return to its normalcy.
We need to do two things.
We need to get the American economy back on track.
And we need to begin planning for the times ahead.
There are many things that we can do to prepare for that day.
One is to be prepared.
We can work on our lives, our health, our finances, and our social networks.
We can take the time to set up an emergency fund for emergency needs.
We could start to prepare ourselves for the challenges ahead.
We should also start to take some personal responsibility for our own futures.
The second important thing that we need is for people to understand that the American people have the power to make change.
They can and will decide to do things differently, to move in a new direction.
We know that we have the ability to influence the world in many positive ways.
We also know that the power of the American government is not unlimited.
We know that some of our actions will make things worse for others.
And those who have the means to change the world will do so.
But that is not how things are supposed to work.
We have a moral responsibility to make the world a better place for our children and grandchildren.
And we can be the change that they want to see.
As I write this, President Donald Trump is considering a proposal to increase the number of people on the unemployment rolls.
It is a proposal that is going to hurt many families.
But we know that people across the country will fight to keep the jobs that they have and the homes they have.
We believe that it is our duty to make sure that our people have a chance to rebuild, a chance at a brighter future.
For a moment, let’s stop for a moment and ask whether we can really do anything to prevent the economic chaos that is coming our way.
There is one thing we can make sure of.
We must continue to take personal responsibility and to act in ways that will help us make the right decisions and to build a stronger economy.
And let us remember that there is always a time to act, and a time for inaction.
It’s not just the time of the year.
And it’s not about the economy.
It isn’t about the jobs.
It won’t be easy.
But it’s our time.
The views expressed in this commentary are solely those of Daniel F. Biederman.