THE CALL OF THE LOON Written by Arleen M. Kaptur
Did you ever have privilege of listening to call of a loon? It is a totally different call than any of other waterfowl. The word “haunting” is best word for sound that these beautiful creatures make.
The cry of loon penetrates forestland and gives anyone in 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 in lull just before a thunderstorm and in middle of a starlit night.
The loons return to my small cabin on 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 me inner vision to take time to think about all those things I have set aside in day-to-day activities we all have.
Even watching a loon bob along small waves that wind churns up, in frosty air of a cool, misty morning, and in 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 to 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 of year transform and replace. But 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 all resources available to them.
Why not man? When we go through various stages of life, many of us want to fight change, we want everything to remain way it is. We do not prepare for 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 through motions of everyday life, without realizing that with each 24-hour period, we are closer to next step. Why not welcome it, open our arms and embrace it? We did whatever we could with this part, now let’s turn page and begin that next chapter. Change is not always easy, and any disruption such as divorce or even death can add to confusion and 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 ComingWritten by Cathy Goodwin, Ph.D.
When I asked my readers, "What's on your mind?" 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 leave 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 in 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.
Resist temptation to make sudden drastic moves. Sell house, move to Wyoming and live in a tent? By December, tent is cold, housing market has taken another jump and you've gone too far to turn back. Anyway, bears have confiscated your computer to play hibernation solitaire. "Career winter" indeed.
Explore free or low-cost resources. Check out Chamber of Commerce, your alumni career center, and unemployment office. If you have trouble staying focused, paying your own consultant may be a good investment.
Now let's turn clock back for a more proactive view. You expect to be fired -- or to fire yourself. What can you do?