I hope you find a good job soon. I know only too well what you're going through. Been there, done that, as they say...Reaganomics was the first time in my adult life, and it took me down hard. By now, I'm seeing that this is cyclical, and by the time I figure out that we're in a bubble, the downturn has come again. Keep the faith. It will get better.
Yes, it hits poor people harder, because they/we don't have any padding, paycheck-to-paycheck; when we try to save in an work plan, we get laid off in the downturn, so we cash in our IRA, etc., for living for a few weeks, and then the tax-man hits it hard.
Yesterday, my sister told me that people have to have financial planning: to save for the children's education, their own retirement, and their parents' old age (in case the parents were losers). <sic> For people who are waiting for payday to get a gallon of milk, this is inconceivable.
Everybody pays out to live. Everyone needs food, shelter, and clothing. The cost of these items may vary considerably in different families, but there is a point beyond which we have transcended "need" and gone for a whole lotta "wants." And still there's money left over? Wow. I am *so* impressed.
This is not how we were raised. Our parents raised eleven children. (Don't say *eeeeewwww*. They were obedient to their culture, their church, and believe it nor not, they loved us all fiercely, from the first (me) to the last.)
My Dad knew times when there was no work. In fact, sometimes he went across the country to find a good job. One year he stayed in the "Y" in San Francisco while he helped build the San Francisco Subway system. Sometimes he would be laid off on Christmas Eve. The "fat cats" that were paying him were just practicing good business practices.
People need to get themselves sorted and realize that all the planning in the world isn't going to guarantee the future. But if you do happen to have a wonderful job and can educate your children and take care of your parents, God bless you.
More have done it on less and with as much good grace as possible.
If Mom or Dad were here and needed, we'd be there. Our children are getting educated, and God alone knows what tomorrow will bring. Are not the events of the past nine or ten years proof enough?
Perhaps the meek have inherited the Earth. Now, get out of that chair and get yourself out to find work. It's there. There are so many important jobs. Volunteer doing something you love. Work will find you.
You'd be surprised.
Monday, I sent an angel e-mail to my girls; then I read an article online, sent a nice e-mail to the site owner, asking to send my e-mail to the author. Ten minutes later, he phoned and we discussed our mutual interests. Then I sent a "Hi," to my last employer, who I adore, and he wrote back, asking if I wanted to work a very exciting project (which happens to relate back to the first e-mail.) An accident? I don't think so. I didn' realize it when I was doing it, but I think my getting a little leg-up from my parents and making that phone call and sending that e-mail got me that job. Well, not sure if I got it yet, but yeahhhh, I think so....
The name of the magazine is "Amazonas". It is about the waters and biotopes, flora and fauna of the Amazon region of South America. Methinks I'd better study Portugese.
So, why am I writing this here?
It seemed right.
No matter what happened, the Irish kept their faith, even when they lost their religion, which appears to have happened, and which most seem to find as okay. A lot of the Irish are going back to their older roots, practicing the mystical faiths, and this has always been there. Having reared the family in America, my parents were able to conceal this most disturbing (to them) fact from us for a very long time. Though they had been reared in an extremely repressive time in Ireland (and America, for that matter) on matters of faith and morals, they retained their mystical sense and melded the two.
Now, it is important to have faith in yourself and who you are. Pursue yourself until you are happy with who you find and what you are doing. Celebrate and be thankful.
The look on my husband's face, when after nearly two years, I announced the news, told it all. Let's call it "The Solvency Smile."
Edited by Mary - Irish Culture (11/13/10 04:13 PM)