Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Sailing only in calm seas does not a Salty Sailor make

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Job searching

Some of you all out there are or were (recently) searching for job. [You know who you are] And so if you are one of those that have recently completed a job search or/are still in the process of job searching, this article is for you.You see -- no one really understands what this is all about, unless they've walked a mile in his shoes.

My job search has been with laced ups and downs plus lots of twists and curves. Although I've been unemployed a few times in the past, nothing prepared me for the unemployment that I would experience in years 2011, 2012, and a portion of year 2013.

For one, the United States economic recession has been deeper than many of us realized.

Oh sure, there are those that had jobs.  You ‘employed’ had to do extra task in the workplace due to delayed hiring. You all had to pick up the slack (i.e. more with less). Yet for those of us that were members of the long-term unemployed, it just seemed like the party was over and that the door would be locked forever.

What could we do?

Oh sure, we all though this hiring slump was just a seasonal thing. How long is the season if we look at the four seasons of the weather? They typically rotate in and out once every three months. Four seasons times three months equals to 12 months…this is one year. But this season of unemployment just went on and on and on and on.

Many of us were lucky enough to draw unemployment and that was truly a godsend. Yet we workers were used to work -- having a purpose. And not being a part of the workforce; well, we just felt like we had some type of disease. We all wanted to return to the former shadow that we left behind. Whether we were professionals in the business world, the banking world, or the education world. Whatever profession or vocation we were in, we thought that if we were just able to hold on then surely the good times would roll again.

Things didn't pan out – 2008>2009>2010>2011>2012>2013 came and went. We all had to come face-to-face with the fact that maybe the former would not return. That painful realization that we had to search and find a career anew. Perhaps we would never have another professional career again? Many of us were led to become entrepreneurs and/or become self-employed; although that was not part of our quote/unquote PASSION. But we do what we have to do in order to survive… Don’t we? 

Starting all over again ain’t gonna be fun… 

So how do how do we start all over? How do we regain our sense of purpose? For me, the answer was neither to reinvent nor to go back in time. But to look at where I was…right now and in this very moment. I had to find a way to take everything together and cover the basics.

I went back to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Dr. Maslow, a famous psychologist, is known for his Pyramid of Needs. The basics, or the bottom of the pyramid, is what we call security needs. At the tippy-top of the pyramid is the elusive and Utopia's place of self-actualization.

Maslow theorized that none of us could aspire to or achieve self-actualization without the benefit of the pyramid needs fulfillment. We cannot move forward unless our security needs are met at its most basic and primal level. Those basics are simply food, clothing and shelter. The secret is that much of our work simply satisfies the basis for the covering of those basics…food, clothing and shelter. And that’s okay!

When we look at Maslow’s pyramid, we begin to understand that we must cover the basics. This covering of basics means doing whatever we need to do – as long as it is moral, ethical and legal. In my case, that meant taking on odd jobs that were either part-time or contractual, or even seasonal. I had to face the fact that I had to do what I had to do in order to survive. It is through this surviving that I learned about what it takes to really understand what life is all about. Understanding myself as a human being. I found my voice. And when I found my voice, I actually found myself.

Money is important like oxygen 

Once upon a time, I believed that I needed to make certain amount of money and/or achieve certain goals. Of course, I still believe that money as well as goals is awfully important. But they’re not the all-in-all of importance. Persons living within Western societies don’t need as much money as we think that we do. We don’t need everything that we have and we don’t need to spend every dollar that we earn in order to survive. I learned that I can make less and enjoy life even more.

Make no mistake, I don’t wish this learning experience upon anyone. Nor is this lesson without pain. However, I did learn that I can make it no matter what. And although currently, I am underemployed, it has been my intention to not waste a crisis without learning something in the process. Of all of the short-term jobs that I had over the last 18 months, I have learned something from and something with as a result of these jobs.

The most important thing in all of this is to never-ever-ever lose hope or give up. Once we give up, the show is over. The fat (opera) lady sings, the curtains come down, and that’s all folks (as Bugs Bunny would say). I learned that it’s necessary to believe; and it’s that belief that I want to speak more about. 

Believe in the possible 
After spending many, many days and hours at the Texas state unemployment office, I noticed that there were signs and slogans posted on the walls. One of the signs simply said, ‘Believe in the Possible’!

Not really understanding what that meant, it seemed to me to be a dream killer. After all, I have hopes and dreams and wants and wishes just like everyone else. I want to believe that everything is possible and that there is nothing impossible. In many cases I want to say, yes we can.

But the truth of the matter is that we can have and be and think and want anything that we want…anything that we can dream up. Yet the simple fact is that our beliefs need to be tempered… Tempered with possibilities.
Our possibilities work best when based in reality and steeped in optimism.

For instance, if I want to become an attorney, I need to have a law degree. If I can believe that I can promote myself and gain an interview – receiving a job offer to work as a corporate attorney (without a law degree), then that’s a belief in the Improbable. Yet with a law degree it is possible -- I could run for public office or even become a general counsel to a large corporation.

The same can be said for a plumber wanting to become a carpenter -- there’s going to be a disconnect. Although plumbing and carpentry are both part of the construction industry. So the belief in the possible is based upon fact, plus reality, plus optimism. Once we combine those three forces together, nothing will be impossible for us.

The main thing to think about here is that if we ever find ourselves in a position that we need to look for job or to make a major career change, note that the road or the path won't be a walk in the park. It'll take a lot of inner work, a lot of outer work, a lot of luck, a lot of faith, and a lot of sweat and tears. Yet all in all, we can make it…because we will learn to survive or die trying. 

Monday, September 2, 2013

#Labor not 2B Rich; enjoy the fruits thereof

Saturday, August 24, 2013

#DreamDay -MLK Legacy (five-0)

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Relationships are like wine -- both must ferment over time
Best 2 do what I love and fail, vs. Doing what I hate and be a success. ~G. Burns
#Saturday question: What LIGHTS You Up?

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Riddlemethis: define Affect vs Effect
Ants are Gr8 examples of a model employee

Monday, July 29, 2013

Its #Monday ~Be Positive!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Sometimes receiving a NO is a Win! -no kidding...

Monday, July 22, 2013

Monday mornings were given to save us all from too much weekend -I'm jus sayin...

Friday, July 19, 2013

Feed your Faith and Doubt will flee!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Only thing worse than Blindness is Sight w/o Vision ~H. Keller, #quote

Monday, July 15, 2013

Am very Thankful 4 rain 2day n Central #Texas

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Appreciating Public Education

Teacher Appreciation Week
Humphreys American School PTO
Have you heard the old adage: Those that Can't...TEACH! Admittedly, I once fed into that mis-truth. Oh sure, we see teachers working 7am to 3pm with a nice and long Summer vacation.

We have heard National and State leaders such as President Obama commenting about the tireless dedication of teachers -- often spending funds from their own pockets to purchase classroom resources.

Another counterpoint is the plight of the dismal achievement statistics as related to an American Public School education. Students graduating without mastering reading literacy..employers unable to fulfill science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) related jobs due to an unskilled applicant pool. By and large, we blame teachers for the current state of educational affairs.

What I Learned...

After working as an Army Bandsman, Child Psychological Associate, Grocery Store manager, and a Federal Claims Adjudicator, I found myself working as a Substitute teacher with the Killeen, Texas school district. This wasn't a strictly voluntary decision; mostly a market-driven economic mandate. After completing a Troops-to-Teachers program certification, I hesitated to enter the teaching profession as a career. Perhaps it was due to hearing the old adage: Those that Can't...TEACH! 

My daily subbing experiences were quite diverse. One day I would facilitate a Pre-K class of 4 year olds. The next, a High School German class. Although I worked within one school district, my assignments encompassed 25 school campuses. Talk about a head-spinner...

I facilitated each class in accordance with the Teacher's daily lesson plan. In Texas, teachers use a program called C-Scope which is intricately aligned with Texas' TEKS and STAAR assessments. The lesson plan had to be effective, compliant, and make sense to the learning sensibilities of the respective class. High school teachers specialized..teaching one or two subject matters -- Elementary teachers taught all subjects to their classroom groups.

Those that CAN...TEACH!

My new mantra has changed with regard to the teaching profession. Perhaps I could get by with being a high school educator. I could teach psychology; or middle school mathematics. But All-day, Elementary school, Pre-K through 5th grade responsibilities are truly overwhelming. The gamut of teacher responsibilities are Huge!

Elementary teachers decorate their classrooms to marry with the seasonal themes of the curriculum. K-5 students have lots of projects and craft activities. Teachers communicate with Parents; students receive encouragement and discipline from their teachers. Leaving an indelible impression upon the minds and hearts of their students, teachers apply all of their spirit and will toward student achievement. In my own case, Ms Whitfield remains a major influence upon me..although it has been +40 years since I last experience her 2nd grade class.

Substitute (Subs) teaching offered snapshots of the 'Life of Teachers.' Profoundly disabled students -- Talented and Gifted Students -- Military Family Student with one or both parents serving their 2nd/3rd overseas deployments -- no two kids are the same. Classrooms with 17-25 students -- all unique, gifted, and demanding. Ahh..the Public Educator. God Bless Teachers, Aides/Principals and Subs. 

Saturday, July 13, 2013

I'm Saddened by the #Trayvon_Martin verdict. Let us remember w/o violence or hate

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Believe in Yourself...

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

(E. Roosevelt) #Tuesday #quote -The future belongs to those who believe inthe beauty of their dreams

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

No matter what, Ya gotta HOLD On!

Monday, June 24, 2013

That song, #MONDAY Monday is stuck in my head. What song is on your lips 2day?

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Was #Snowden pushed 2 Moscow? - #MTP

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Let me face tall mtns in the mist -w/courage, spirit to climb and insist. #Quote A.V. de Borchgrave
Let me face tall mtns in the mist -w/courage, spirit to climb and insist. #Quote A.V. de Borchgrave

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Instead of meatballs, is it OK to add chicken to my spaghetti sauce 4 Wednesday night dinner?

Monday, June 10, 2013

Friday, June 7, 2013

Today is (a) Good #Friday _but not in a religious sense

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

R we on 4 movie Friday late afternoon? My treat...
#Wednesday mantra: Feeling Good is Good!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Spent relaxing #Sunday wknd stripping 3layer wallpaper @bathroom. Dont try this @hm kids!
Spent relaxing #Sunday wknd stripping 3layer wallpaper @bathroom. Dont try this @hm kids!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Life is an Occasion... Rise to It. -Edward Magoriam #quote

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Today is the last #Tuesday of May 2013. Make it a Gr8 one!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

#Sunday mantra: Clouds dont lessen the Sun; dont let life-clouds lessen You.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Happy 47th @Johnny_Gill
One with Conviction is a Majority! #quote

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Remarkable that Death toll LOWERED 4 OKLA Tornado Disaster

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Saw new #STAR TREK film; waz Aw-eye-ght (2.5 stars)

Friday, May 17, 2013

#Friday #quote - Eyes are the window of the soul ~old saying

Sunday, May 12, 2013

HMD 2 All Mothers - w/o U, no 1 would B here

Monday, May 6, 2013

Celebrate #Monday w/Gratitude!
Celebrate #Monday w/Gratitude!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Enjoying #MotoGP @Austin TX #COTA -WOW!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Infinite Patience produces Immediate results 4 #Monday

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Visit me @LinkedIn -take my Finance Ripoff survey poll.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

External circumstances cannot be chosen, only how we respond to them. #Quote ~Epictetus

Friday, March 22, 2013

A Rose by any other name smells just as Sweet #Friday #Quote

Friday, March 15, 2013

I live w/i 50 mi. of #SXSW x20 yrs N never been. Maybe #2014 ??

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Free @ Last, Free @ Last! Cut my Landline + Sat/Cable TV

Sunday, March 10, 2013

I've got the #AlabamaShakes (music) @axstv

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Teaching HS Chemistry & reading Life of Pi

Monday, March 4, 2013

#Monday msg- I believe that Children are our future (Greatest <3 of All)!

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

#Tuesday thought ~Do You Support Climate Change?

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Infinite Patience produces Immediate Results!
Better to have a little with Love than a Lot without Love!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Count Your Blessings!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentines Everyone!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Sen #Rubio #StateofUnion rebutt -Govt caused the Housing crisis. Huh,REALLY?

Monday, February 11, 2013

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Sending WARM n SAFE thoughts to Fam - Friends - Citizens w/NE Snowstorm

Friday, February 8, 2013

Work, aka #JOBS make us 2 value #Friday

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Monday, January 7, 2013

Keep the #Gun ctrl discussion going #Monday via

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Make this 1st #Wednesday of 2013 the 1st day of the rest of your life.