looking for work

When things look their worst, don’t despair. There are many old sayings about not giving up.  Sometimes it is difficult to keep going when everything around you keeps falling apart.  Frequently, there are videos on Facebook about men or women and families tossing out a person and letting them live on the streets.  First of all, that is incredibly cruel. What are individuals supposed to do?  Where can they go?  They are suddenly alone and depressed.  They sink into a new low and then as the videos go, a person appears and tells them ‘don’t despair.’ When people are selfish and unkind, how is a person supposed to react?  I think the worst feeling is when you give your heart and soul to a person and not only do they not appreciate it, but they continually demand more money and help from you.  In many of the videos, ungrateful adult children find a way to wipe out their parents and then toss them out.  It’s a difficult world today and it’s not getting any better.  Many people are looking for work because of lack of employment from COVID are having a terrible time.  Telling them, ‘don’t despair’ is almost a slap in the face.  It is easy to be discouraged but it takes strength and courage to face life’s difficulties and move forward.  In the Good Gus series there are obstacles in many stories.  Yet, the characters find a way to solve the issues, fix the problems and go in a positive direction.  The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is easily found on these fine websites: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

        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.

good enough signgood enough There are people in life who feel that they are not good enough. This could be  not good enough to be in a relationship with a person extremely attractive or wealthy; receive a promotion at their job, attain or reach the goals their family set for them, start a business, attend college, enter a contest, etc.  It’s really a self esteem issue that they feel they aren’t good enough.  There are so many movies where the parents set goals and have expectations for their young adult children that they feel pressured to meet and achieve those goals even when they don’t feel good enough.  It makes for great drama when the parent or parents find out that the daughter dropped out of school two semesters ago, or the son who assured his parents he finished tech school and his lack of experience is preventing him from obtaining a job, or worse, the people who outright tell you that you are simply not good enough.  It has happened to individuals applying for positions, which is really sad.  Even though the laws exist, I have know a few people who applied for positions that they seemed to be ideal for and yet during the interview they were told they weren’t good enough for the job.  It’s defeating to anyone looking for work.  It is also a huge power play on the part of the hiring person.  If a person is not really qualified for a job, it is far kinder to state their experience is less than they were hoping for.  Anything so that the applicant doesn’t give up.  Parents have high expectations for their children as they grow.  However, many times those goals that they have set are not the ones their child or children are seeking or even hoping for.  For example, a father expects his son to run the family business one day.  In reality, the son hates the job and the duties that go with it.  He should tell the dad but many son’s and even daughter’s are afraid to speak up.  They believe that the parent will not longer love or respect them.  In many cases, its true, but there are so many other parents who recognize that what they like and want or not necessarily what their child dreams about.  As parents, exposure to a variety of careers give the child the opportunity to see which jobs are appealing and which they know they will hate.  There are people around the world who followed in their parents footsteps in a business or a career and are miserable.  It’s better to talk it through and let the adult child decide what they may want to do in life even if the parents do not agree.  None of the stories in the Good Gus Series offer guidance for careers.  The readers are just too young to understand.

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