My employer called it a “reorganization.” I was “laid off.”
Let’s cut through the you-know-what. If this was a reorganization why was I the only one reorganized? Truth: I was fired, canned, dismissed, pink-slipped and given the big heave-ho, we’re letting you go. Good luck.
“Don’t take it personally,” I was told when informed of the news on a Friday afternoon. “It happens to everyone.”
Not quite but data makes a shocking point if you’re over 50.
A government study shows 56% of Americans are pushed out of a job, one way or another, after age 50. …
My tightly laced Nikes toed the starting line on our high school's indoor track as I readied myself to run 600 yards. “GO,” the coach shouted in a commanding voice that scared and motivated me at the same time.
Like so many high school coaches who endure long hours and low pay to inspire kids, Wayne Steffenhagen had a vision for me I could barely imagine. These unsung and often unappreciated heroes teach insecure teenage kids in thousands of educational sports settings that belief combined with hard work can make them winners in the race called life.
A coach’s words…
There are similarities to the challenging life of the real St. Patrick and the life you have endured during this global pandemic.
Let’s look at three:
Your life was suddenly and unpredictably disrupted, with much of your freedom taken away.
The life of St. Patrick, then known by his given name Succat, was suddenly and unpredictably disrupted at age 16 when he was captured by Irish pirates, who didn’t just take away his freedom. They enslaved him.
You were confined to your home and ordered to practice social distancing.
St. Patrick was confined to the slopes of Mount Slemish in…
Jane: Nice job! I clapped.
If I can be so bold as to give some writing advice, it's that I think this sentence is what your story is about at its core. It should be in your headline, intro and "nut graf" so readers know what they're getting to make an informed decision on whether to read it or skip it.
Saving the best stuff works with suspenseful endings to a "narrative" but doesn't work so well with analysis or advice stories.
…nging for a time that we can invite each other into our homes. So perhaps we have gained something. We have learned to value those who live near us and realise that we can live a life rich in meaning and connection even within the limitations imposed on us by the virus.
Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni is considered the greatest Christian artist in history, bringing characters and scenes from the Bible to awe-inspiring life for millions of people over five centuries.
If you have ever been to Italy, you know that Michelangelo carved the 17-foot-tall statue of a young and virile David. He painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel featuring the famous index finger of God extended to Adam. He sculpted the Pietà, the moving depiction of the lifeless, crucified Jesus held in his mother’s arms.
After earning two academic degrees in journalism and bleeding newspaper ink from my veins for 25 years, I made a career pivot to digital communications.
It didn’t work out as planned. I was fired (for the first time in my life) at age 50.
It could have been the beginning of the end of a once-promising career. Instead, it was the beginning of a series of new beginnings, all requiring increasingly successful career pivots, thanks in part to the books I read.
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An analysis of the federal Health and Retirement Study (done before a global pandemic dropped a bomb on the job market) showed 56% of Americans were pushed out of a job, one way or another, after age 50.
Include me in that statistic.
Wait, there’s more!
Among workers over 50 who have lost one job, a third go on to lose two or more jobs.
Question: What are you doing to mitigate your risks and maximize your career opportunities after age 50?
Do you know someone who is hurting, someone trying to get through their day, week and life managing their pain?
You probably do. It might be a family member, friend, neighbor, co-worker or the anxious person looking at you in the mirror. It might be someone grieving the passing of a loved one, the breaking of a relationship, the death of a vision, the shattering of hope, the relentlessness of racial discrimination.
Pain can feel like getting kicked in the stomach, leaving you breathless for a moment or several years. …
In 1973, a nation divided over the Vietnam War, a growing Watergate scandal and racial issues took a step toward unity thanks to a song with a story everyone could relate to. We need a song like that now.
Perhaps the story of “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree” can inspire someone to make a tune like that today. Or, to paraphrase Humphrey Bogart, maybe we need to “play it again, Uncle Sam.”
Sung by a Puerto Rican singer named Tony Orlando and two Black women from Motown collectively called Dawn, “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the…