Martina Devlin: Hard times bring out the inner strength in people
TALES from the dark side are filtering through now. The theatre director I met who is working as a tour guide. The advertising executive waiting tables in her brother-in-law's cafe. The taxi driver, first day on the job, who trained as an architect.
This recession is starting to take prisoners: hostages to misfortune rather than fortune. And those of us still on the outside are doing what we can to get by -- to weather the storm which shows no sign of blowing over.
Survival requires pride to be sacrificed, though it isn't easy to shed. That takes moral courage. Not just a flash of it, but determination and resilience on a daily basis.