Life is constantly testing us. It can be our friends, our co-workers, school, work, deadlines, etc. I think most people on the planet experience a feeling of inadequacy and frustration at some time or another. I also think the current financial situation: a dire economy, lay-offs that seem never ending, banks and car companies still looking for bailouts, all the while the stock market continues to fall and our 401(k)s lose value faster than we can snap your fingers. It's a mess...a hot mess. Everything seems out of sync.
With so much negativity out in the world it's hard to see the silver lining. I have a couple of friends who are seeing cuts to their benefits and salary. Their managers are telling them they should be happy they are employed. And while that may be true, can it also be said that you should be happy you have an employee who has a strong work ethic and values the contributions they make to your business or organization? Why is it that so many people only see what they can get, rather than what they can give? If everything boils down to a bottom line, I would think companies would access the value an employee brings to an organization and compensate them accordingly. While there needs to be cutbacks, I wonder if a lot of of the cutbacks businesses and government will make are in the places we need them.
I don't profess to have answers, I wish I did, but when everything feels like it is closing in on you I think that is when you have to go against the grain. You have to take a leap of faith and work on the silver lining that isn't there. Make it yourself. It may not always pan out, but ask yourself, "What do I have to lose versus what I can gain?" In life, there will always be some battle to fight. It's just the way it goes. I think it's how we strategize for the battle (getting in sync) and how we execute our plans that makes all the difference in the outcome.