Wednesday, June 23, 2010

‘When one door closes, another opens. But we often look so regretfully upon the closed door that we don’t see the one which has opened for us.’

- Alexander Graham Bell

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  1. I always brood about the door that closes! Great advice Alexander Graham Bell.

  2. So true! What brought that on? Did you miss out on something?

  3. I am feeling very low this week. Some major changes are happening, which means that I probably will have much less time to write in the future, and am going to have to give up my beloved teaching career.

  4. Oh no!!!! What? Why? Of course, if its too personal you don't have to answer. You could also reply to my email if you wish. Whatever. If you're not comfortable talking about it, that's fine. I hope everythin works out for you!

  5. No, it's not too personal. My husband has been out of work for over a year, so I am going to have to return to full-time work in my former career (if I can) and will probably be commuting 3-4 hours a day. There are no companies that do my kind of work nearby. So I'm not happy about returning to the rat race.

    But, I'm trying to look on the bright side. At least I won't be grading papers all weekend any more.

  6. Oh gosh. That's no good. Well, at least now you can spend your weekends writing if you don't have any other responsibilities to take care of. Or at one day of the weekedn could be dedicated soley? I hope you work things out.

  7. One day a weekend! LOL!!! I have a busy family, and Cub Scouts and God knows what else. But perhaps this will train me to be more organized.

    Mainly, I'm afraid I'll be just too worn out by the end of the week to string two thoughts together. It's just really hard to accept giving up this flexibility now that I've gotten used to it.

  8. I know what you mean! I've been working freelance for years now. Can't imagine having to go back to the office :o( Well, good luck!

  9. Thanks for being so interested and kind. I really appreciate it!

  10. Sweet! Unemployed in America, the Promised Land of Opportunity.

    Life is great, eh.

    Congratulations on your impending commute. I hope your CD player works on your fuel-efficient vehicle, and that the money covers toll and car maintenance expense.

    Ooo, and childcare. Maybe you'll need that, too!

    Gads. This is why I self-medicate on the weekends. My own bloodpressure is rising as I read your posts...

    Hang in there is all I can say.

    On the doors, go through it and don't look back. No sense trying to go through the same door over and over.

    On the writing, don't quit. Work it into your schedule somehow. You'll find a little spark of sanity in the madness.

    - Eric

  11. Eric, don't get me started. My husband is frustrated beyond belief. But hey, if he's unemployed at least I don't have to worry about child care, right?

    Honestly, though, I knew this day would come sooner or later. It was only a temporary thing for me to work part-time and write. And blog. Oh, if I could only have those hours back I spent blogging the past two years!

    But I've learned so much along the way that I feel it was (mostly) worth it. *wink*

  12. What if you had like a tape recorder and did auto writing that way? (Since you have all that commuting. Then when you get home, or on the weekend, you can play it and type it out.

    Brainstorming here. :)

  13. That's an interesting suggestion, Kristal. I'll have to think about a way to make that work. However, I'm just a *little* concerned that it might be somewhat dangerous to be in an imaginary world while navigating the New Jersey Turnpike at rush hour. :oD


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