The Joys of Unemployment

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It seems like an oxymoron: the joys of unemployment; but, there are certainly joys. If you’re unemployed, without a college degree or certification you’re in a great position. You can take a look at all of the opportunities that are in front of you. This will allow you to reevaluate your career interests and passions; and also applied to those who were employed, but recently got laid off from their job. Maybe your current career choice doesn’t hold the same zest and appeal that it once did. read more

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Contemplative Leaf Raking

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As Fall is upon us now, one thing is for certain- the leaves are changing color and falling. I happen to live- in the middle of nowhere- in the sticks. There are plenty of leaves here if you want some.

I was out in my front yard diligently raking the crispy dry red, yellow, and orange leaves into small piles; creating 1 pile, then 2 piles, then 3, then 4, and combining them all together. Then a metaphor popped into my mind: you build your life and accumulate success (in whatever form you please: materially, spiritually, emotionally, mentally), gradually, until you have a bigger and bigger pile. Unless you’re the luckiest person alive, and win the lottery, catch a windfall, sign a contract with satan, or randomly get cast into a million dollar movie role. A lot of the time, you accumulate different successes from different leaf piles aka sources. For example, your job as an accountant earns you a large enough salary to make a living, but doesn’t fulfill you; you perform stand-up comedy for a tiny pay, yet it leaves you deeply fulfilled. read more