I keep a calendar with quotations from the Dalai Lama near my desk at work. Today the wise man from Tibet said something that we should all keep in mind:
“There is no guarantee that there will be a job tomorrow if you are working today. So, if we understand this ahead of time, it may change how we respond when that happens. Then we won’t feel so surprised, as if we are singled out. We understand that the loss of a job has many factors; the result of many causes and conditions. We will understand that, in many cases, it many even have roots in global economic issues. This way, we won’t become so upset by taking it personally, or looking around us for someone to blame for our problems.”
Job loss has many causes, especially in a time when many companies are cutting costs. Rather than look backward and ask a question that has no answer, we are better off when we accept uncertainty and know that there are no guarantees. According to Senator Bernie Sanders who appeared on Thom Hartmann’s show, 42,000 factories closed in the U.S. over the last decade, add to that, the jobs lost because of the “mortgage meltdown,” and we have a mess. There will be no fast solution to our current Job Depression (Workers are hurting; Wall Street is booming.). We need to understand the situation and keep things in perspective. It’s not our fault. Even so, we have to live with the problem and do our best to continue to manage our careers. Listening to the wisdom of the Dalai Lama makes it a little easier.