Keep Treading Water, and Give Thanks!
To put it bluntly, sometimes in life it is just darn impossible to know whether or not you are making headway. Sometimes you just feel like you are treading water, and as everybody knows, you can’t tread water forever—you have to make it to shore, or go under.
In this economy, a lot of people have been treading water for a long time. Fatigue sets in. When good times come back, and good things start to happen, can we trust it? What next? When is the other shoe going to drop?
Business is still tight, but there are signs of economic recovery. New ventures are launching and some businesses are starting to hire again. Good news for us. But...let’s not get too excited, right? Recent history has taught us something, and that something is: if not “Be afraid”, at the least, “Be wary”.
Well, let’s kick that dismal outlook to the curb for at least one day, and take stock of the things we have to be thankful for. I’ll get the ball rolling! I’m thankful for...
- My wonderful wife and two daughters. Without them, I’d be much less balanced...and much less happy! God knew what I needed to become more holy. Thanks, God.
- New insight. Our client’s budgets are smaller than they used to be. This has forced us to think about progress in a very granular way—what small step can be taken today that will facilitate more action in the future? Well-thought strategy: more important than ever for our clients. Thanks, God.
- Better values. As I’ve written before, I have observed that the economic crisis has caused many to refocus on faith and family. Truly something that was needed, and society is better for it. Maybe the pace of business innovation was slowed, but the pace of interior renovation (in family life) increased. Thanks, God!
We all need to give thanks. Feel free to add your own “thank you” items in Sound Off, below, or by adding a comment to this item on Facebook.
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Posted by: Lisa Nicholas, PhD -
May. 02, 2010 10:04 PM ET USA
I've been out of work for almost a year and, to my surprise, it has been a real blessing. After 30 years on my own, I've had to move back in with my aging parents, which has been an unexpected tonic and pleasure to us all. After many years of single life, I'd almost forgotten how good it is to live in a family home. I'm also back among many dear friends in my "home" parish of many years, and recuperating from many years of stressful work-life. God does work in a mysterious way!