There is a commercial that says “take on the day.” This is what we always try to practice daily. Some days, it is hard. It can be difficult mentally and or physically. I find it harder physically now at this senior age I am.
I feel lucky to have my mental capacities and my ability to write my articles on the computer. When I worked so many years ago, I could never type on the typewriter a complete page without making many errors. Now, since I have had a computer for almost twelve years, I have become an expert typist. I think the last twelve years; I have honed my skills a lot. I find the computer makes the mind sharper by all that there is there to explore. There is much to scrutinize on the computer that is excellent and lots of it that is garbage. We learn to individualize what is fine for us and we leave the rest behind.
There is an essence of decency we can find on the computer; there are also many false statements. If we learn to find what is good out there, then we benefit.
A friend from my pre-teen days, typed in my maiden name one day a few years ago and found me with my married name.It was nice to hear from her and it has been sixty-five years since we last met. We are married a long time, each of us and we both have children, she has four, I have two, she has three grandkids and I have four. It was nice to hear from her. All this came about via the internet.
They say that “no one is guaranteed to receive success.” I think we all have the opportunity for success and it is how we go about it. When I was growing up in the forties, your desire was to graduate high school and some girls went off to college. The rest of us went on to jobs. I thought I had gotten a fine job. It was with the sole phone company here in Baltimore. It was an office accounting job and wow, for thirty-two dollars per week of about thirty-eight hours of work. As I have written before, I left after winning a case that I was being harassed about, because of religion by the supervisor. I won the case and left and went on to better opportunities. In those days, the money you earned was thought to be the opportunity you sought.
Now days, perks such as healthcare, days off, vacation weeks, nice office surroundings, closeness to the home and less travel getting to the job are the criteria for obtaining a good employment. When I worked at the telephone company, I had an hour ride on the bus to get there. The building was sufficient, the other employees nice ladies, except for our supervisor. With the help of the union I was forced to join then, I won my religious harassment case and I retained my position. I decided to leave and pursue other opportunities. In those days, you gave a verbal resume. You did not have to take any tests to prove you were not on drugs etc. You needed no references other than to say where you worked last.
Now days, people are taking jobs they are over qualified for, just to have a job. They say that “wagons circle things.” I guess that means to me that there are things out there, that put us in a bind of a circle and it may be hard to get out of it.
I know someone who is a physician just out of finishing four years residency and her husband is a PhD and a professor. Her mom said she would have no hardship as a doctor to get a job anywhere; he would have a hard time as a teacher. His job a position at a university out of town and she followed up obtaining a job in a physician’s clinic. They moved away and are doing fine. Her employment was easier to obtain because of being in the medical field and his harder to get because of the teaching field in the college level. They received because of their higher educational levels very nice jobs. The only factor was they are very far away from family.
Judge Judy said on one of her shows “put on your listening ears.” We should, I guess, listen as we grow up and to try and seek the best opportunities and positions we can. They say that a good loser is a loser forever. It is not equitable to be a loser and continue on being a loser. We have to pull ourselves up by our mental shoes. I know many people who went back to get a college degree to further their opportunities for their future, even when they were in their forties and fifties. They now have better jobs economically and mentally.
So as Judge Judy who makes many millions a year for her views, her talent and her hollering, says, listen. We need to listen, learn and activate our minds to increase our potential for good employment and a better life.
I heard Tom Marr say on his daily radio show, that someone he knew and went to school with, is in Who’s Who and he said he, Tom is in, who is he?
It is OK to be thought of as, who is he, when the he or she is productive, decent and has received all the education he can get and leads a successful life. Tom Marr is OK at being a “who is he?” He is doing just fine with his show and his views.
Then the sky is smiling at you and you are smiling back up to the sky. Take on the day and all the days in the future.