Are We Really Unemployed?

by TUM on November 16, 2010


You undoubtedly assume I’ve gone completely bonkers over my extended absence, yes? Before you throw your hardrive onto the streets along with what sanity you have left, please let me explain…

Unemployed: out of work. That’s all. Okay, that’s huge as work provides income and money speaks volumes.

To employ is to use, to occupy. When our companies kicked us to the curb, did they really render us useless and unoccupied? Did they somehow remove our brains as we left the parking lot?

No. So, in the broad scope of the term are we truly ‘unemployed’? Was everything taken away from us in one fell swoop? Indeed, it feels that way, but in reality – not so.

“It’s good to have hope, it’s the waiting that spoils it.”

- Yiddish Proverb

As long as we have hope, courage and strength, don’t let the waiting kill our future opportunities and dreams. Don’t just stop dead in your tracks and wait for the train to arrive; you’ll become paralyzed in time and get hit by your lack of motivation to move on.

In order for us to not feel unemployed, we must use our brainpower to stimulate and provide work for the rest of our being so that this whole process doesn’t wholly overwhelm and drown our souls and ambitions.

I did have a 10-week temp assignment at a major network that just ended. This experience, in and of itself, is several blogs that I will share at a later date. I was earning income 40 percent less than what I left. I am thankfully back on my final weeks of UIB after having to go through the ordeal of reopening my claim, but very discouraged at best to have to rely on it. I don’t call this assignment employment because I am always working whether I am driving an income from it or not. Obviously the income makes it all that much sweeter, but I am always working, on task, trying to create long-term, paid work.

“If there’s a bitterness in the heart, sugar in the mouth won’t make life sweeter.”

- Yiddish Proverb

So other than a 10-week gig, what’s new to report you so boldly ask?

Soul-searching, attitude refining and digging under rocks uncovering ways to look for paid work. All of that and more. Even reading. Taking classes focusing on looking inside ones self to become a more complete and positive individual that can generate better energy to move forward in the search to continue my career…new or old. I’m in this for the long haul and I confidently know that in the end, I will have a new beginning and ‘shine like the brightness of the heavens’ (sourced from The Talmud Brachot 17A as found in the book by Rabbi Naomi Levy, “Hope Will Find You”.) Look at what good you have in your life and how much worse it can be, and is, for millions of others. Strive to envision what you contain, not lack. It is clearly the strengths within that will bring you to a place of happiness and prosperity, not the weaknesses we carry around and unknowingly display and try to leverage to our benefit. Look at what we don’t have; pity and help us. This will not go far.

So you can see that although I am making minimal income, I am always working. The goal here, what I aim to accomplish, is to produce revenue from the work. Yeah, an ugly and gruesome struggle; but if we don’t endure the struggle, we will surely lose. The bottom line here is we truly are never unemployed as long as our brains, body and soul, are working.

“You can’t control the wind, but you can adjust your sails.”

- Yiddish Proverb

As Always, Thanks For Surfing My Wave!

Why Just Look For A Job? Create One!

TheUnemployMENTOR –

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1 Lisa December 5, 2010 at 1:38 am

Do you have a family to provide for ?? I am at the very end of my rope. We are about to lose everything , have almost no food, and I cannot even think about the holidays without a pit in my stomach . Guess we’ll be informing the 6 year old there is no Santa . Can not even dream about buying toys. Local charities say they will call back but they are flooded….. I have sent hundreds of resumes out and hubby union carpenter with no work on the horizon says union officials. I feel scared and so helpless.

2 TUM December 11, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Hi Lisa!

Just know you’re not alone. Yes, I have 2 young children, a wife and a mortgage. Not pretty. What kind of support system do you have? Family, friends, neighbors? Do not tell your 6 year old there is no Santa. Have you tried your local church, temple or any religious affiliation about your situation to solicit help? In what city/state do you live?
I’ll see if I can help.
Warmest Wishes-

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