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Giving Thanks

By November 28, 2013

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Writing about listening to folk music on my local public radio station one Thanksgiving has become an annual tradition for me, along with a family gathering and lots to eat on the table. I was struck that Thanksgiving, and still am, by the lyrics of Bob Franke's song Thanksgiving Eve:

What can you do with your days but work and hope
Let your dreams bind your work to your play

Bob's lyrics remind me, especially this time of year, as we move from fall to winter, that life is short and none of have as much time as we'd like to do the things that matter most to us.

That's said, this has been a really tough year for finding a job - any job - let alone focusing on finding meaningful work. What's interesting though, is the common thread that runs through many of the stories that unemployed workers have graciously shared with me.

Despite the fact that they don't have a job, that it's the worst job market that they can remember, and life is really difficult, they are thankful. They are thankful for the kindness of friends, family, and sometimes strangers, who have taken them in when the've lost their homes. They are thankful for a meal, for a referral to a job, and for unemployment benefits that have helped at least pay some of the bills.

Thanksgiving is also my time of year to say thank you. A heartfelt thanks to all of you have contributed to this site and shared your job search stories, suggestions, and tips. I appreciate you taking the time to comment on posts, email me, or post on our Forum.

As I mentioned, this has been a difficult year for job seekers and I appreciate all who have shared their advice to help other struggling with a job search or unemployment issues, even when you are in dire straits yourselves.

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