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How fortunate am I?

July 20, 2011

If a tree falls in the park and nobody is around, does it make a sound?

I have been bowed over in anguish over a job lost; I have placed my hands over my face and head, elbows to my knees gasping for breath; I have barricaded myself behind closed doors.

So, I have often wondered, does a job lost make a sound?

If you have asked our government, technically the answer to both questions is no.

I would have to agree.  Neither seen nor heard, you’re on your own.

I have experienced both, a lost job, a tree falling, the latter being much less traumatic, although both are deeply disturbing, the tree the lesser of two evils.

Symbolic in a fashion, like our government, the tree had been leaning.  Its weight no longer sustainable, it roots no longer able to bear its growth.

I was deeply affected by the sight of the fallen tree in its magnitude, its beauty and majesty held me in awe.  I often crossed its path never imagining its demise.

Falling across a sidewalk, in a city park, the tree was swept away in a day; a series of sawing, grinding and chipping away.  At times the noise was deafening.  And then it was gone.

Job lost,  I had moved on.  Picked myself back up.  Started a new venture.  Today I am rooted strongly, supported by faith, family and my business.  Supported by partners, fellow employees, suppliers and customers.

How fortunate for me, I am not a tree.

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