Monday, February 22, 2010

Count Your Blessings if you are gainfully employed

I am quoting from the New York Times for the second time in a row. In the main news section of Sunday's paper there is an article titled Despite Signs of Recovery Chronic Joblessness Rises. Many Americans have exhausted their unemployment benefits and must reach into their savings accounts to meet their basic expenses. It is quite possible that many jobs that have been lost in this recession may never come back. Technology may have permanently eliminated some jobs. Why must one go to a travel agent when he can book a hotel, flight and vacation online? The unemployment situation must be especially difficult for older people who must face ageism in hiring.

Thankfully, the last time I was unemployed was during the summer of 1982. Back in the 1970s when I first got out of work I had problems in finding my niche, but in the long run everything worked out. When you wake up in the morning, be grateful that there is a job for you even it mean confronting frustrations. Problems encountered on the job are a lot less than the misery of seeking employment. My best wishes to anyone looking for employment in this very difficult time.

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