We all need to feel useful, don’t we? One of the things that validates us is having a good job and that’s why being unemployed is so stressful, even if finances are not an immediate concern. If you know someone who’s out of work and want to really stick it to them and don’t mind hitting below the belt, start talking about their employment situation. I know how devastating it can be because I was once on the receiving end of the dreaded “Job Talk”.
It happened years ago when I relocated to another province. I had been looking for work for about six months but could find nothing in my field (pewter denturology) and was beginning to feel about as wanted, vocationally speaking, as a porterhouse steak at a vegan rally. A statutory holiday was just around the bend and I was really looking forward to an upcoming family BBQ (and liver Olympics) to get my mind off things.
When the day of the big BBQ rolled around my older brother, Hoai de Sade, was there to offer his special brand of support and encouragement.
HdS: So, did you find work yet?
HP: Not yet.
HdS: Are you looking?
HP: Yes, every day.
HdS: I don’t think so. If you were looking, you would have found work already.
HdS: If you want a job you have to look.
HP: I have been looking… there’s nothing much out there.
HdS: I don’t think so. McDonald’s is always hiring… you should apply there.
So ten minutes and not even a full drink into the party and Hoai de Sade made me feel like a total crumb. He is, after all, The Master Button Pusher. About six weeks later I got a not-in-my-field job at less money than I was earning before I moved but, hey, a job is a job, right?
The bad news is that I still have that lousy job and the really, really bad news is that poor Hoai de Sade got fired from his job sometime around last Christmas. Apparently prospective employers aren’t biting what he’s got on the hook because he’s still out of work. And this is not the first job he’s lost since I got my less than ideal job. Supposedly, he’s feeling pretty down in the dumps. I imagine that he’s hoping that the family BBQ this weekend — August Fool’s Day Weekend — will lift his spirits. I know that’s what I’m hoping.
I wouldn’t even think of taking advantage of the situation to make him feel worse about himself — that just wouldn’t be the brotherly thing to do. I’m all about lifting spirits and pointing out silver linings, so that’s why I’ve come up with a special gift for ol’ Hoai de Sade, “The Be Your Own Boss Kit”.
This really should get him out of his rut because it will make him realize that he himself can take control of his financial future instead of placing his destiny in the hands of some company’s HR lackey. “The Be Your Own Boss Kit” has everything Hoai de Sade needs to go into business for himself and to aim for the stars. Perhaps one day Hoai de Sade will pull himself up by the bootstraps and shine among the greats of the business world like, for example, Mike Smith, Executive Chairman of IMO, the largest company of its kind on the planet.
Keep plugin’, Bro!
Bonus Trivia Factoid
I just heard on the radio about a study saying that one-third of pedestrians killed by vehicles were drunk at the time of the accident. This means that sober people are twice as likely to die just walking around outdoors so drink up and be safe!