As we know the economic downturn affected people in several parts of the globe. For some the impact was harsher and tough decisions had to be made. Our guest John found himself in the midst of a tough financial situation. John had to make some major changes. He significantly downsized his home and car and got rid of fancy things he did not need. He took ownership of the situation and worked through it. He also took a hard look at his life and redefined his priorities. His cat, Benjamin, has been his loyal companion in this journey. John also took full responsibility of making sure that Benjamin’s needs were met the whole time. John might have lesser things today but he has more control and freedom. Most importantly he has lovely Benjamin by his side. John says that he has learnt a lot from Benjamin.