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These were the best of times, these were the worst of times

by bcollan on 21 Apr 2009 07:09 PM

These were the best of times, these were the worst of times.

Yes, I stole the words of Charles Dickens, but I find them amazingly appropriate to describe our lives today. Yes, we face tough challenges. We all do, rich, poor and the rest of us alike. I was counting my blessings until I lost my job a few weeks ago. Strangely enough though, I find myself counting my blessings still. We are all fortunate enough to live in the most amazing period of humankind. Miraculous things have happened and still continue happening at a dizzying pace. Medical science continues to obliterate the most dreaded diseases; technology continues to improve our lives in countless ways; communications brings the world together as a tight knit community in a way never before possible. So what once precipitated a debilitating depression in America in the 1930s today amounts to a small setback on the road to tomorrow. Yes, I believe we are on the road to a worldwide recovery, so hang in there. I sure will be. Meanwhile, as Katharine McPhee fans, we can rejoice that her career has never been better, and we can look forward to her new album and her next appearance on the silver screen. These are the kind of things that can make the worst of times much better indeed!

5 Comments for These were the best of times, these were the worst of times

21 Apr 2009 08:35 PM

So sorry about your loss,Bill! Your positive attitude is totally admirable....and the glass is half full for you!
Hopefully your situtation will improve very soon.
I'm sorry I cannot share your view on recovery for our great I have never felt as insecure,as I do with the current leadership in Washington..... all hands in the US cookie jar while piling trillions of debt onto future generations.Very scary indeed!
21 Apr 2009 08:48 PM

Keefir I disagree.

Bill. I'm sorry! But think how much time you'll have to devote to KMF! lol I know looking for a job is a full time occupation in itself, though. Hang i there. We're pulling for you and everyone else in trouble these days.
22 Apr 2009 01:50 AM

Glad you're keeping your head up, Bill. I'm sure that with your Web 3.0 skills, another job will drop in your lap very soon.
23 Apr 2009 01:35 PM

Sorry to hear your loss, Bill. I can totally share your experience. As a business owner, I was very busy before the beginning of this year. That's why I could hardly participate in KMF for almost two years. Now I get more spare time to get back here since my business is so slow. Everyone is suffering at this economy (with the exception of Kat as she is blossoming). But looking at the bright side, now I have more opportunity to communicate again with all the old friends here that I missed for so long. As for you, don't worry too much, we will survive. In fact, this is a good chance for you to dedicate more time on this website and make it the best site for Katharine. We are proud of you. Keep it up!
05 May 2009 03:26 AM
Kudos to you, Bill, for keeping positive about your job loss. To be frank, I'm glad I'm not working out in the field right now when the field is now an obvious minefield when it comes to job security. While some might think that freelancing on the web is only limited to writers as I'm doing right now, consider that there's a lot of job possibilities on the net of late--sometimes working for companies in other states.

Only you know what you want to do, but it's just a suggestion to perhaps look into the idea of working on the net as a freelancing engineer or something similar. There, you'll find less discrimination and a chance for your skills to be emphasized more on your resume. Working on the net also allows you to consolidate your real job with your work done here. Then again, spending too much time on the computer might make one wish they were still out in the minefield at least occasionally.

At least you don't have to worry about a fellow employee breathing down your neck to potentially give you H1N1...
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