Everyday on Facebook people post and tell others “Don’t give up.” They are nice sayings but the pandemic has taken its toll on the world. Not to mention, violence is cropping up heavily in the United States and a few European countries. Large numbers of people have lost their jobs and have no idea when they will be employed again. Many businesses have closed resulting in fewer positions available. Looking for work is not easy. Many of the positions available are for lower pay because the companies know individuals are desperate. It is wrong as there is inflation and everyone has the same bills to pay every month. Employers should really try to think it through and remember what it was like when they might have been struggling. All you see on the internet are people who can’t go on and are acting out their aggression on other individuals. Just the other day, a woman was killed over road rage while she was on an anniversary getaway with her husband. I am sure people are telling him ‘don’t give up.’ Life isn’t easy but if we dwell on everything that is wrong, nothing right will ever happen. There are videos all the time on Facebook about men and occasionally women, leaving their families. The person left behind always tells themselves, “Don’t give up.” They make a plan and have the determination to make it without their partner. In the Good Gus series there were never any stories where people gave up. The point of the series is to remind children if something goes wrong, there is always a solution. The books are available online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” is also online for your reading pleasure at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
The pandemic has caused many issues including individuals who have lost confidence in themselves and their abilities. There are still many people out of work worldwide. They almost seem as if they have also lost hope as well. I know individuals attempting to obtain employment, but it’s now difficult for them. They once felt self assured and now they are unconfident, anxious, and in some cases scared they will not find work or be employed in the near future. The pandemic has taken its toll on all of us. It is often difficult dealing with the people who never lost their job during these times. They are frequently rude and extremely inconsiderate. I am particularly referring to any service industry. What also upsets me is that these people almost gloat over the fact that they are employed and the only thing that changed is they don’t drive to work any more. Times have certainly changed. People who have continued to work may have lost confidence in their ability to interface with clients again as well. It seems so easy doing meetings via the phone or the internet. People still do argue and disagree but it is just not the same. In the Good Gus series, there was no one who had lost confidence. I felt it was important that all characters were positive in every way. The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” has characters who did their best to make sure other beneficiaries lost confidence so they could overpower them. The book is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
With COVID, people are now changing careers. Many have been made redundant and numerous businesses have closed. What are individuals supposed to do now? Individuals are starting over and giving up what careers they did have. Beginning again is never fun. Where do they start? Many people are moving to other sections of their countries in an effort to find employment. It’s particularly difficult for people over forty. Years ago I was a headhunter or as they are called today, a job placement recruiter, I specialized in people over forty. I also only dealt with the managers and was quite successful. Actually, clients sought me to help them get employment. It was not often that they were forced into changing careers. With COVID people are working at home which has changed the course of their lives. Many cannot figure out what to do as the opportunities are no longer limitless. Twenty-one years ago I was quite surprised to be changing careers. Obviously, a person is never too old to make the transition. I will say I am tired of my current job, but changing careers is out of the question. Nurse Joyce is looking for new employment and has found it extremely difficult. We all are making changing and new decisions to move forward. In the Good Gus series no one was changing careers. The series is online at Kindle, with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” in available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster, Scribd and Tolino.
It’s amazing how many people are snippy. It used to be an occasional occurance, but frequently people are snippy to one another every day. Since people are now out and about, you would think that their attitudes might improve. However, it really hasn’t. It’s worse when you have to speak to people on the phone. What was once a pleasant attitude is borderline tolerable. Learning to take things in stride as the virus is not forever, should be a factor in everyone’s life. Sometimes I think if you speak to a rude person, you end up passing it along to the next person. There are many people working just for the paycheck who hate what they do. Their jobs have disappeared, they are on indefinite furlough, or their hours are so limited that they have to look elsewhere and despise their employment. We all are struggling, some more than others. We are all trying to land a paying position and many are continuing to work from home. What I saw today, however, was disturbing for at home workers. There is a new scam that hackers are using to block your computer. If you refuse to pay, they will destroy your files. Great new form of blackmail. Now, they are they people you need to be snippy to. In the Good Gus series, there were no story lines with a snippy type of attitude. The series is online at Kindle, Nook, and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino. Remember, my crowdfunding is https://www.gofundme.com/f/multicultural-gift-of-reading.
There are many things in life including people who are perfect on paper. Yet, reality is an entirely different story. In the dating world, particularly on the computer websites many people look perfect on paper. However, meeting someone and spending time with them can give you an entirely differently perspective. For example, a person may have the ideal profile that a dater is seeking including good position, wants to marry, own a home, have children, etc. Then, after they meet and get to know them, the dater realizes that the profile is not true. The same is true when constructing a legal case. The data looks ideal, yet there may be no truth in what has been written. The legal system tends to gather facts but frequently not all facts and the person in charge is sure that they have an airtight case. Once in court, it’s all different. Their facts may be inaccurate and the other side could provide proof that refutes their statements. You see it frequently in movies and TV shows. This is also applicable to applicants applying for a position. Their CV or resume could look perfect on paper. Yet, once they are interviewed they may not have all the skills they state, nor worked at the various jobs during the time periods specified, etc. It’s common knowledge that people do fudge their CV’s and resumes but if a person overdoes it, they will not be hired. In the Good Gus series paper was used in school and for receipts. The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
People don’t believe in themselves anymore. With the way of the world, it seems more difficult. People have lost their jobs, have no possibilities of income, there is a great deal of strife and if you live in the wrong area, you my feel that your life is in danger. What is left for a person to believe that their life will improve? Many parts of the world have opened up with consequences. Mainly a higher increase of people with the virus. Trying to figure out a way to change one’s life and believe in themselves, each other, and have hope again is now extremely difficult. So many businesses have closed permanently that the job market has shrunk. Finally in Europe tourism is open but not to Americans, Asians and a few other groups. For many individuals, particularly in Italy, they are heading back to work with a sigh of relief while disinfecting everything and hoping they don’t catch the virus. Las Vegas is wide open and people have hope again. The city even had a night of hope to help everyone try and believe in themselves again. Due to the heat, there seems to be lesser cases of the virus. If your life is difficult, try to listen to positive, upbeat videos on YouTube. There are people making millions by doing what they love by promoting kindness, self awareness, believing in one’s self again, and in general trying to send positive thoughts to the entire planet. The Good Gus series has no violence, drama, but rather kindness, treating everyone with respect and all characters believe in themselves. The series is on at Nook, Kindle, and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” had characters that believed in money rather than others. It’s online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
In many cases, customer service is a joke. This applies to all industries, government agencies, and to all western countries. Yahoo posted a short video about a little girl talking on the phone. She was losing it over whatever she was saying. The title was basically stating this is how we all feel when dealing with customer service. You can start with any industry. They leave you on hold. They let the phones ring so many times that you give up. If they do answer they transfer you. Then, once you re-explain everything, their answer is they can’t help you and transfer you again followed by a disconnect. The government employees aren’t much better. I have heard from numerous people and seen articles that while individuals are struggling and trying to collect unemployment, the wonderful government customer service are not answering their phones and if they do they will tell the requester they aren’t qualified. The individuals have worked, paid their taxes, and the customer service employees are basically not doing their jobs and trying to convince people to give up. One time in Ireland I was having issues and had to call customer service for a specific company. Instead of giving the jobs to the unemployed residents of Ireland, customer service was sent to a country with individuals that could barely speak English and of course, in the end, didn’t help me. It’s easy to see how frustrated people become and even lose their tempers. There were no large businesses, let alone phones during the Good Gus series era. The books are available online at Nook, Kindle, and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” is ideal for indoor reading. It is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
GAD or general anxiety disorder is a condition that doctors are discovering can be found in both adults and children. Many people fail to recognize that GAD is now quite prevalent in children. Their symptoms fall in the form of tummy aches, vomiting, and even bowel issues. Frequently, GAD is misdiagnosed as children only feel sick, but don’t know why. Treating GAD by assuming the child may have a lactose intolerance, food allergies, not enough fiber in their diet, are only just guesses. As a child matures, they may even figure it out for themselves. As May is Mental Health month, we really should be aware of the needs of both children and adults. Many people have now developed GAD because of the virus. The majority of people are not adjusted to working at home and not having the freedom to walk in the park, go to the grocery often, shop for clothes or household items, etc. It’s not easy to adjust to this temporary situation for many individuals. Children want to be outside playing with each other and not be scared about the virus. Many adults are experiencing extreme anxiety worrying if they will have a job. Others already know they will be out of work and are trying frantically to apply for any position that will guarantee them a steady income. These individuals also worry about what will happen if the world returns to semi normal only to have the virus reappear in the fall. The theory take it one day at a time, can also be take it one minute at a time. Positive reinforcement is always the best and YouTube has many individuals trying to bring hope and positive thinking to everyone. In the Good Gus series, there were no pandemics. There were other situations such as a swarm of locusts, an earthquake and a few more exciting natural events. The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
After the virus, many people may be out of work permanently. What are they going to do? If they start looking for work when the lockdown has ended they will not find a job. If they stayed home and didn’t attempt to find work, or work at anything outside of their chosen career just to continue working, they may not be accepted for a job. There currently are individuals who work in the oil industry, restaurant industry, and even retail that are still working. I know a variety of individuals who have taken lesser skilled jobs just to continue working and have an income for their families. If they eventually find another job because their company has closed, then the first question the human resources person, manager, or supervisor will ask is, “What did you do during the lockdown?” There are individuals who are even volunteering to help move things along. After the virus, everything will be different. There may be individuals who will have to change careers because of the closings of so many companies. President Trump is trying to save the United States and in Europe, they are following him to add stimulus packages to help recover. The only country who needs the most help and has received the least is Italy. I hope that European Union will realize they were hit the hardest and really need assistance to recover. I hope everyone is reading the Good Gus series to their children. They are fun books with happy endings. They are online at Kindle, Nook, and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
Everyone deserves a second chance. We often make mistakes and sometimes they are huge. Frequently, family and friends cannot forgive us. It’s best to try to resolve and fix your errors. The sad part though, if a person makes a mistake that is not disastrous, they deserve a second chance. When people are released from prison or jail, there are so many groups and governmental agencies willing to give the them a second chance. They often receive training while in jail and then have a chance to build a new life. There are, however, people who are given a second chance and go even further. They assume that they were able to get away with it the first time, so possibly, do more daring things, try riskier stunts, etc. I think it really comes down to whether a person has a moral compass or learns to change and turn their lives around. Many of the TV shows, particularly, the older ones, have story lines where a person is given a second chance and then they commit horrific crimes, become sophisticated thieves, and other unsavory wrongdoings. In the Good Gus series, book four, “Johnny the Cat and Bronco Ride that Bull,” Jimmy Ray is sure he can sneak off and ride one of the bulls. He has been taught right from wrong, but this was more of an adventure for him. He was sure he could do it and his parents would never find out. He was wrong. Read the story online to your children at Nook, Kindle and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” has many unsavory characters. It is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.