Written by Arleen M. Kaptur

Did you ever haverepparttar privilege of listening torepparttar 123938 call of a loon? It is a totally different call than any ofrepparttar 123939 other waterfowl. The word “haunting” isrepparttar 123940 best word forrepparttar 123941 sound that these beautiful creatures make.

The cry ofrepparttar 123942 loon penetratesrepparttar 123943 forestland and gives anyone inrepparttar 123944 vicinity an unforgettable memory in their sub-conscious mind that will surface on a quiet evening, when all of nature stands still. It becomes alive inrepparttar 123945 lull just before a thunderstorm and inrepparttar 123946 middle of a starlit night.

The loons return to my small cabin onrepparttar 123947 lake each and every year. Sometimes one arrives first, and then a few more come to keep him/her company. Their particular sound soothes my mind and allows merepparttar 123948 inner vision to takerepparttar 123949 time to think about all those things I have set aside inrepparttar 123950 day-to-day activities we all have.

Even watching a loon bob alongrepparttar 123951 small waves thatrepparttar 123952 wind churns up, inrepparttar 123953 frosty air of a cool, misty morning, and inrepparttar 123954 dead stillness of night, gives you food for thought. They are unhurried, relaxed, and totally content with their surroundings and their lifestyle. They do not hurry, are not easily roused, and return torepparttar 123955 place they raised their family year after year.

As people, we seem to ignore much of nature. Nature, however, has so much to teach us, to show us, and to let us discover on our own. The seasons ofrepparttar 123956 year transform and replace. Butrepparttar 123957 continuity goes on without any disruption. The animals seem to accept whatever Mother Nature decides to do and they deal with it as best they can using allrepparttar 123958 resources available to them.

Why not man? When we go throughrepparttar 123959 various stages of life, many of us want to fightrepparttar 123960 change, we want everything to remainrepparttar 123961 way it is. We do not prepare forrepparttar 123962 next plateau nor do a lot of us welcome it. Life is going to pass with each day and no one has discovered a way to stop it. Our childhood turns into adulthood without our permission. We go throughrepparttar 123963 motions of everyday life, without realizing that with each 24-hour period, we are closer torepparttar 123964 next step. Why not welcome it, open our arms and embrace it? We did whatever we could with this part, now let’s turnrepparttar 123965 page and begin that next chapter. Change is not always easy, and any disruption such as divorce or even death can add torepparttar 123966 confusion andrepparttar 123967 uncertainty. Look at these major upsets as an opportunity to prove to yourself that you can make it and handle whatever life throws your way.

The Big One is Coming

Written by Cathy Goodwin, Ph.D.

When I asked my readers, "What's on your mind?"repparttar greatest response came from readers who asked, "How do I leave a job, whether it's my decision or someone else's?"

Gwendolyn Parker, author of Trespassing, asked for seven months of severance when she voluntarily left her senior position at American Express. Seven months seems like a vast, open space when you leaverepparttar 123937 corporate world, especially if you hate your job. Your health plan unfolds into Cobra -- expensive but comprehensive -- so you figure, "I've got time." You're tired, so you need to relax.

But, as Parker discovered, seven months of salary seems a lot less when you're no longer working full-time.

So what happens when you have six, seven or even twelve months of severance inrepparttar 123938 bank and you're getting twitchy? Will you ever be back on a payroll? Should you start a business?

Discuss your resources with a qualified financial advisor. Can you stretch your funds beyond six months?

Explore feelings, if need be, with a qualified specialist. You will sabotage your own best efforts if you carry resentment and grief into your next career project.

Resistrepparttar 123939 temptation to make sudden drastic moves. Sellrepparttar 123940 house, move to Wyoming and live in a tent? By December,repparttar 123941 tent is cold,repparttar 123942 housing market has taken another jump and you've gone too far to turn back. Anyway,repparttar 123943 bears have confiscated your computer to play hibernation solitaire. "Career winter" indeed.

Explore free or low-cost resources. Check outrepparttar 123944 Chamber of Commerce, your alumni career center, andrepparttar 123945 unemployment office. If you have trouble staying focused, paying your own consultant may be a good investment.

Now let's turnrepparttar 123946 clock back for a more proactive view. You expect to be fired -- or to fire yourself. What can you do?

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