Obstacles, Big and Small

August 29, 2011

The comics are mostly pretty crappy, although having to come up with something funny every day for years is probably a real pain. Nonetheless, when I read this “Family Circus” strip this morning, I was strangely touched. I think it shows something a lot of people experience-

The bigger boys run down the bank, over the log and the rocks easily. But for little PJ- tagging along with the big kids- the obstacle is a lot more frightening. He’s smaller, and has shorter legs. He’s younger and probably hasn’t been out of the yard away from his mom much, maybe never. The big drops of the embankment, the rough and possibly treacherous surface of the log and rocks maybe more than he can handle without falling and hurting himself. And worst of all the big kids are running ahead without him! Why can’t his brothers stay and help him down? Which is scarier, trying to climb down and catch up with the big boys, or turning around and going home?

PJ can probably learn easier and with less stress with a little help, but it looks like he will have to do it on his own. Unfortunately a lot of life is like that- we have to face difficult, scary new challenges all on our own. It’s easy to say “Climb down! It’s easy!” but harder to do.

I guess life is just one new obstacle to cross after another. All we can do is be as brave as we can manage.


Cruel Summer

August 29, 2011

Sorry for having been away for a while. I’m in the same situation, looking for a job. I went to get a haircut the other day, and the lady asks me “So how things today?” “Pretty much the same as every other day” I replied. “Like Groundhog Day?”

Yeah, kind of like Groundhog Day. I wake up, read crap on the internet, check for jobs, apply for jobs, read more crap on the internet, eat something, take a shower, leave the house, maybe eat lunch out- although I’m cutting back- go to the coffee shop and idle my time away.

I have been to various interviews, but with no success. Buying air tickets in the summer without much notice is not cheap, and it pissed me off to spend close to $1000- after hotels and food- and get nothing. On the last one I think the guy who called me for the interview liked me, but maybe not his  boss. I was going to check back with him last week but I’ll try this week.

At one interview I took a bunch of tests, and was offered the opportunity to talk to a company psychologist about the results. I was pretty apprehensive about this- I was not offered the opportunity to go further, and I thought it might be ’cause they figured I was psycho. What they told me was I have a wonderfully balanced personality but could work on being more assertive. I guess I was able to successfully fake the balanced personality part.

Looking at the comments there was some weirdness. I don’t moderate comments, or ban people because I think people should be able to have their say. That’s not all positive- I suspect Sheila stopped coming because of some stuff Mahoney said.