Other unemployed bloggers for the win

I knew this blogging malarky was going to help! The lovely Josie Elliot, who writes very touchingly at If I’m Still Unemployed At The End Of This, I’m Quitting, (just about the best blog title ever) wrote a comment the other day with a gentle reminder that mindfulness, whilst not my natural state, is a worthy pursuit.

View from desk of the unemployed across rainy Melbourne

Unemployed views from my desk

That’s a picture our the window near my desk. It’s been pouring down in Melbourne the last little while (take that, drought!) and I get to see a lot of it through this window. Despite being very much in a built-up suburb, I have a view of a beautiful old tiled roof; trees; the sky and our little balcony.

And that is a fresh espresso from Natasha, our Nespresso machine. (You have to say ‘Natasha’ with a Russian accent – she’s by far the coolest, slickest thing we own, so she has her own personality and name. Cos we’re normal). I made it in my fanciest mug, and dug out the saucer for it too, and then I sat here for 10 minutes with the computer off, just enjoying the moment.

Which turned out to be a bloody hard thing for me to do, being one of those extremely fidgety people.

Searching for work, being unemployed, seeking new opportunities – whatever you want to call it, it can really sap your sense of self. No matter how you try to take care of yourself, or how wonderful others are, there’s a whole lot of rejection in this game. My general defense against that is to be really sarcastic and turn it into a hilarious story for others – but taking those ten minutes today, to just sit quietly – well, I don’t know if it helped, but damn, I like that view, and I’m way more aware of it now.

Of course I stubbed my toe when I stood up to get back to work; but that’s just me.

Updates; I just discovered today’s Daily Post challenge was about chance encounters – I thought this post qualified rather well!
Chance Encounter

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11 thoughts on “Other unemployed bloggers for the win

  1. Thanks for the shout out! I really enjoyed reading this post. And lest you think you are the only one who names things, let me assure you that my car, Henrietta the Jetta, also has a name. Henrietta is not the coolest thing I own, and she breaks down at the worst times, but I love her, and we somehow always manage.

    I love the view from your desk. My view is not too different from yours since it is raining where I am too. Sigh. But it makes me feel better about staying indoors and eating chocolate cake instead of going for jog.

    Anyway, hang in there. We are all in this together!

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  2. I love Natasha the Nespresso machine. I may have to call my AeroPress Anastasia now… Good luck with the job search, and with sitting down and taking a break for 10 minutes!

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  3. “there’s a whole lot of rejection in this game” – you are spot on, but don’t ever give up.

    There are two quotes taped to my monitor:
    “There is no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love. There is only a scarcity of resolve to make it happen.”
    – Wayne Dyer

    “In this life we get only those things for which we hunt, for which we strive, and for which we are wiling to sacrifice.”
    – George Matthew Adams

    As for my ‘general defense’… I look to retired American Football player Payton Manning for inspiration:
    “There were other players that were more talented, but there was no one who could out-prepare me,”
    (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/emotional-peyton-manning-no-regrets-retirement-article-1.2555652)

    Thanks for sharing your post. I think I’ll go grab a Nespresso!

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    • Thanks for the comment! Those quotes are wonderful – I think we all can use a bit of reminding sometimes, that it’s hard work that makes the difference in the end. We can’t do anything about our luck, or what the universe throws at up, but you just get up the next morning and strap your boots on. One of my favorite quotes is from a guy called Peter Marshall – “oaks grow strong in contrary winds”. It reminds me that it’s the challenges in life that make us who we are.

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  4. I know this unemployment thing is only temporary, and I try to enjoy my time off while I have it BUT sometimes I feel like crap. Being mindful and enjoying the little things is key.
    Thanks for the follow ❤️

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