Written by Mary Anne Hahn

"You're lucky you *have* a job!"

How often have we heard that? How many times have we been told that we should be thankful we're employed--as though our employers are handing us gifts--and that we're not one ofrepparttar lay off casualties we read about inrepparttar 123961 newspaper every week?

Don't those words make you absolutely cringe?

After all, how lucky are we, really? We get to wake up every day atrepparttar 123962 insistence of our alarm clocks, not our internal clocks. We drag our bodies out of bed, sometimes carrying leftover luggage from yesterday's events at work--the looming deadline,repparttar 123963 clueless boss,repparttar 123964 tedious tasks,repparttar 123965 rumors of an uncertain future.

Even ifrepparttar 123966 sun greets us when we arise, we barely notice it. Besides, why bother? From our cubicles and work stations, we won't get to see it much anyway. Many of us will be lucky if we even getrepparttar 123967 witnessrepparttar 123968 sun set each day because, if we want to remain amongrepparttar 123969 employed fortunates, we'd better put in some extra hours to stay on top of our work.

Oh, and let's talk about how truly lucky we are to have our ideas ignored, our skills under-utilized, our talents untapped. Or, when we do get a suggestion implemented, how little we get compensated for it, whilerepparttar 123970 person we shared it with getsrepparttar 123971 big bucks andrepparttar 123972 praise. Yippee!

Beginning to feel not so lucky after all? Good. That knot of discontentment inside you, that sense of disenchantment, are actually signs that you realize repparttar 123973 "lucky to have a job" line of thinking is a myth. In fact,repparttar 123974 opposite applies--*they're* lucky to have *you.* Moreover, if you're feeling unvalued and ignored, they don't deserve you.

Are You Living On An Island Of Fear?

Written by Dave Cole

Inrepparttar movie released last year, "The Castaway," Tom Hanks playedrepparttar 123960 role of a FedEx delivery man. His job was to fly all overrepparttar 123961 world making sure thatrepparttar 123962 packages were delivered on time.

One fateful trip found his cargo plane flying through a nasty storm somewhere inrepparttar 123963 middle ofrepparttar 123964 South Pacific Ocean. The plane crashed near a tiny, deserted island. The only survivor was Hanks.

Upon awakeningrepparttar 123965 next day, Hanks found himself all alone. Alone with nothing exceptrepparttar 123966 clothes on his back.

So picture this: no matches, no tools, no food, no shelter, no communications, only 1 small flashlight along with a few packages containing some useless items that had washed up on shore.

He learned to survive a meager existence sleeping in a small dark cave. His food came from coconuts andrepparttar 123967 few fish he managed to catch.

Tom Hanks was captured and held prisoner on an island with seemingly no hope of ever escaping. Every dayrepparttar 123968 island dictated to him how he was to live.

He was trapped on that island because he saw no way of escape.

His fears of losing what small sense of security repparttar 123969 island provided, as despicable as it was, prevented him from trying to escape to a better life. A life he knew existed, but now only dreamed about.

Looking out overrepparttar 123970 vast expanse ofrepparttar 123971 ocean, he constantly thought about that better life. But those thoughts soon returned to seeingrepparttar 123972 opposition and competition that prevented him from returning to what was rightfully his.

4 long years later, Tom Hanks made a decision.

He had grown sick and tired of having a nothing life.

It was either die a nobody, going no place, on a nowhere island, continuing to live a struggling and pitiful hand to mouth existence, or......die trying to escape to a real life.

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