In January of 1975, our nation’s concerns mirrored much of what we worry about today. Thirty-eight years later, I’m fascinated when I compare the articles of their day, with headlines in our twenty-first century.
Recently, I purchased a copy of the January, 1975 issue of McCall’s magazine. Mary Tyler Moore and her friend, “Rhoda,” flashed their bright white smiles across the cover.
Ads touched the vanity and fears of women by asking, “Do you want to look younger to that special man?”
Horoscopes tempted subscribers to believe their predictions.
Questions about consumer safety were raised in an article entitled, The Pill, What We Really Know After 15 Years of Use. It seems we were as interested in the long-term effects of prescription drugs in the seventies, as we are today.
On page 78, Miss Craig’s Special Exercises to Relieve Tension, promised to help readers relax. Sound familiar? The next time you’re waiting to check out, glance across the headlines and see how many publications think tension, or as we more commonly call it, stress, deserve a front page seating.
1975 cooked with Julia — in 2012 we boast Paula.
Page 23 told people what their clothes said about them.
But the item that really caught my eye nestled below a huge red title, “Right Now — January 1975.”
In particular, I spotted a quote from the suburban housewife who seemed to peek into the future, and our present day circumstances
Discussions about saving time and money were prominently featured.
“Budgeting?” she scoffed. “How can you budget these days? In our house the bills are the budget.”
The author expanded on her fears with this narration, “She expresses the feeling most people have of being locked into a series of fixed expenses over which they have little control.”
With all the economic changes in our twenty-first century culture, we can feel despondent, discouraged, and depressed. But the fact is, we aren’t the first generation to struggle with what to cut so we can survive. We aren’t the first families to grouse about how little is left after the bills are paid. Sky-rocketing groceries, and gas at the fuel pump pinched the financial health of our fathers and mothers too.
So what does all of this mean?
- Fear and vanity still top the list of things that steal our energy
- Superstition and false gods have always distracted us
- Tension, now called stress, hasn’t gone away
- Soaring gas and food prices made money tight in 1975, much like it is today
- Our concerns, quirks, and challenges are similar to our parents and grandparents
- Consistent, hard work, is still the answer to crawling out of a hole of debt
- Things haven’t changed — We still need God to provide. And He does
Do you trust God to take care of you in troubling times? Have you considered how you might help someone worse off than yourself?
Anita Fresh Faith
Titus 3:14 (NIV)
Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order to provide for urgent needs and not live unproductive lives.
Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business and Inspirational Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Expert, Certified Training Facilitator, Communications Specialist, national speaker, and author of, First Hired, Last Fired — How to Become Irreplaceable in Any Job Market.
She’s a partner in The Zenith Zone, a business coaching firm. Member of the Christian Writer’s Guild, Toastmasters, a client of WordServe Literary Group, graduate of CLASSeminars for Leaders, Speakers, and Authors, a co-founder of The StoryWriting Studio, and speaker on circuit for Stonecroft International Ministries.
Anita’s passionate about business with integrity, healthy relationships, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research. She believes it’s never too late for a fresh start with fresh faith. Anita lives in Missouri with her husband Ricky.