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· Coming Full Circle

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The Upside of the Economic Downside
5/1/2012 8:57:44 AM
Being out of work is challenging, but it provides a wonderful opportunity for personal growth and development.



America is in a very sensitive position right now because of the sluggish economy,and as a result, people, in all economic classes, are feeling the negative effects of it.
Many have been out of work so long,they fear they might not be called back,or worse,become unemployable.Being out of work is challenging, I agree, but it provides a wonderful opportunity for personal growth and development.

Others have decided to go for polishing their real interests, the things they enjoy doing, but could not do as often when they had jobs.The great thing about this is that passion or talent may be where the focus should have been in the first place.

I am talking from experience here. For several years, I worked as a high school English teacher,and for some of those years, I enjoyed the work,but I always thought about how much I loved writing,since I wasn't motivated to write very often after spending five days each week in a classroom of students who needed my undivided attention; the weekends,more often than not,were spent grading endless papers and/or creating lesson plans for the upcoming week.

I finally,in 2007, decided to retire(quite early in fact) to give myself an opportunity to write,and I have to tell you, it feels wonderful! I have written and have had published two(2) books since '07; I have also written a great number of blogs, poems,and articles.Now,smiles come easily because I truly enjoy what I am doing.

What about you? Are you unemployed,or under-employed? Do you find yourself thinking about doing something else, something you enjoyed doing at one time before you got a job?
Consider returning to that skill, or hobby, and see if you can make a go of it.For personal growth and development, take classes at your local community college if necessary, to hone your skills so that you can get started. Who knows? You just may become the next Emmy or Oscar winner, or best selling author.
Isn't it worth a try now, that you have the time to explore the possibilities?


Be honest, in addition to putting food on the table,and paying the rent or mortgage, what satisfaction did the job give you?
Take advantage of your hiatus from a job and rediscover what it is you really enjoy doing. I bet you too will begin to smile more as you begin to use the God given talents and gifts you were given.


What To Do Next?

1. Think about what it is you really enjoy doing;
2. Make a decision to explore it now that you are not working;
3. If necessary, take courses at your local community college to get or polish the skills you need;
4. Get started as soon as possible;
5. Smile and shine!


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More Blogs by Barbara J Henry
• The Year Ahead - Thursday, January 01, 2015
• Recipe for A Fantastic Christmas - Wednesday, December 10, 2014
• Season of Thankfulness - Monday, November 10, 2014
• Just the Facts Ma'am - Monday, October 13, 2014
• GROWING BEYOND COMFORT - Wednesday, September 10, 2014
• Recycling Life's Stuff - Saturday, August 09, 2014
• A Life Interrupted - Tuesday, July 15, 2014
• Leaving Overwhelm - Sunday, June 08, 2014
• Mother's Day Dedication - Wednesday, May 07, 2014
• April, National Poetry Month-Write/Read a Poem! - Tuesday, April 08, 2014
• Celebrate Women in March! - Thursday, March 06, 2014
• Lessons Learned from Trudging Through the Snow - Sunday, February 09, 2014
• The 2014 Mindset - Saturday, January 04, 2014
• Want More? Give More! - Tuesday, December 03, 2013
• Who Are You? - Sunday, October 20, 2013
• For Success- Stay in Your Lane - Saturday, September 14, 2013
• Rushing Through Life? - Thursday, August 15, 2013
• Five Steps to Take in: Confronting/Overcoming Fears - Sunday, July 07, 2013
• Make Your Life Matter! - Saturday, June 08, 2013
• For the Fallen and Those Who Were Spared - Sunday, May 26, 2013
• Honoring Mothers - Friday, May 03, 2013
• The Purposeful Life - Saturday, April 13, 2013
•  5 Rules for Daily Living - Saturday, March 02, 2013
• The Heart of the Matter - Friday, February 08, 2013
• Life is a Classroom - Monday, January 07, 2013
• Getting to the Top: Dedicated to the memory of Zig Ziglar-November 6,1926-November 28,2012 - Tuesday, December 04, 2012
• Please, Thanks, I am Sorry, - Wednesday, November 07, 2012
• 5 More Potholes That Sabatoge Success - Friday, October 12, 2012
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• 10 Words to Delete From Your Vocabulary: Revisited - Monday, August 06, 2012
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• Coming Full Circle in Personal Growth and Development - Thursday, June 07, 2012
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• 13 Years of Persistence and Personal Growth - Monday, August 08, 2011
• Persevere for Maximum Personal Growth and Development - Sunday, July 03, 2011
•  June is Men's Health Month, a Perfect Time to Get Our M en More Focused on Self Help - Thursday, June 02, 2011
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• 5 Inspirational Quotes: Jump Starts to Self-Help,Personal Development - Tuesday, October 05, 2010
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