About Me

Twenty years ago I asked a Tarot card reader what would I be doing when I was 50. She replied, “I see you doing something so wildly creative, it defies a job title.” Only recently did I realize that was a slick way of saying, “I have no idea of what you’ll be doing.” But that prediction kept me charging ahead to the fifties with zeal and anticipation. Now that the future is today, I’m ready for anything!

It Is What It Is

Need to describe an imperfect situation ambivalently, objectively, dispassionately?
Here's your phrase:

It is what it is.

It's a phrase that usually drives me buggy. But it's one that sums up the current U.S. job market. Millions of jobs have been lost during the recession. As a job hunter myself, I have adopted a Zen perspective.

It is what it is.

And what the job market is, is a game of musical chairs. The only difference being, in musical chairs one chair is removed at a time. In the job market the number of chairs being removed is wildly disproportionate to those seeking them: the current players, not to mention the steady influx of players with their newly minted degrees in Parlor Games.

It is what it is.

When I apply for a freelance copywriting job, I try not to think of the hundreds of other writers who are applying for the same job. All of us thinking, If I circle the chairs slowly enough, if I dive in quickly enough, if I hang on hard enough, I'll get to grab and keep a chair. 

It is what it is. And what it is, is mathematically impossible for everyone to get a chair. 

Knowing that is liberating. In  a  Zen sort of way.

Flickr Photo Credit: j_a_clarke77

1 comment:

  1. This post was submitted to www.momsrising.org for its blogathon today on retaining unemployment funds. While at the site I came across this post from Deacon's Blog, which backs up the idea of multiple contestants for one chair (job) with cold hard statistics. http://konicki.com/blog2/


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