Breathe – When you don’t have a job

August 10, 2010 at 10:09 am (Musings of a Writer)

So many people have lost their job or are losing their jobs. It is a sad day to see the homeless counts rising every day, every hour. Some people are powerless to stop it, some who can stop it, choose to be powerless.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”  – Edmund Burke

It is a horrible time we live in. Constantly fearful for you job, always working overtime to make it paycheck to paycheck. Second and Final Notice bills coming in the mail. I have seen the pain in those around me and my heart bleeds for them. As a freelance journalist/writer, this is normal for me. Freelancers are always looking for work, even when they have some, because more than likely; it won’t last. We are dispensable. I know of so many fellow writers who can’t make their payments on their house, on their car, on anything. It gets harder day by day. It is one thing to watch the revenue slowly seep away, but another thing entirely to see hope seep away. I watch the hope leave the faces of friends, only to be replaced by a deep depression of utter hopelessness. They don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, they don’t see the future, they only see what they can’t do now. What is happening to them now. And, what is happening to them now is horrible.

Morris Mandel said:

The darkest hour has only 60 minutes.

But some people have a terrifyingly dark hour that is getting replaced by another hour just as dark. What about them? How do they pick themselves up off the floor and drag themselves another few feet through the muck? They exchange one set of chains for another.

“We feel free when we escape – even if it be but from the frying pan to the fire.”
Eric Hoffer

We can’t exchange one debt for another. We have to trudge on. We have to keep pulling ourselves through. Even if you are holding on by the tips of your fingernails, at least you are holding on. Just remember that even then, you are still holding on. Even when you feel alone, you aren’t. You can’t ever be alone.

“if we’re all alone, then we’re all together in that too”

That quote was from the movie P.S. I love you, and the following music video is by Ryan Star, who also sang a song for that movie. Listen to the words of this song and watch this video with a new found hope. Read the Lyrics and absorb them in. Take a deep breath and know that there are people who are trying to help. There are people who will not forget. If you feel like you have no one to unleash your burdens on, you can always give them to God. A lot of people, even those who don’t believe in God, tend to blame him for their struggles, for their pain. I have heard people say: “If there is a God, he certainly doesn’t care. He has put me through all of this.” You can be angry at Him, that’s OK, but keep talking to Him. He doesn’t give us anything bad, he may allow something bad into our lives, but it is always for a reason. I totally disagree with Mother Theresa on the whole “He never gives us more than we can handle.” Yeh, yes He does. He will allow us to go through much, much more than we can handle. SO He can help us handle it. Anyway just listen to this song. See the people standing there who look so alone, and remember that they are in it together.


She is fine, most of the time
She takes her days with a smile
Moves like a dancer in light
Spinning around to the sounds
But sometimes she falls down

CHORUS:
Breathe, just breathe
Take the world off your shoulders
And put it on me
Breathe, just breathe
Let the life that you live
Be all that you need

She likes New York at night
She dreams of running away
Shine on, bright like the sun
When even the sky turns grey

I need you to hear me say
I need you to hear me say

CHORUS:
Breathe, just breathe
Take the world off your shoulders
And put it on me
Breathe, just breathe
Let the life that you live
Be all that you need

Let go of the fear
Let go of the time
Let go of the ones
Who try to put you down
You’re gonna be fine
Don’t hold it inside
If you hurt right now
Then let it all come out

CHORUS:
Breathe, just breathe
Take the world off your shoulders
And put it on me

Breathe, just breathe
Let the life that you live
Be all that you need

Breathe, just breathe
Take the world off your shoulders
And put it on me

Breathe, just breathe
Let the life that you live
Be all that you need

Let go of the fear
Let go of the time
Let the life that you live
Be all that you need

Let go of the fear
Let go of the time
Take the world off your shoulders
And put it on me

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2 Comments

  1. Amber Hunter said,

    Reminds me of the “lilies of the field” parable.

    It’s been a hard couple of years for a lot of people. My husband’s been unemployed for the last year and just got his first decent job offer a few days ago. In this time, we’ve been living off of what little bit he earns from his own event production company and for a while there we had nothing but what I was getting for ghost writing. But just when things looked worst and we were worried how we were going to pay for diapers, baby formula or whatever the crisis of the week was… something good happened. Someone who owed us money from 10 years ago suddenly remembered, a book sold, something. It’s been a sickening ride that’s had me worried more than a few times, but we’ve gotten by, and now there’s light at the end of the tunnel.

    Great post, Jessica! Looking forward to reading more. 🙂

    • laughlovewrite said,

      Amber, your story is a great example of exactly what I was talking about. It is horrible to read about so many people affected in such away and yet it is all too true. It is so good to hear of the people who breathed through it and came out so much better for it. Thank you so much for sharing.

      And thank you for your compliment.

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