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  •  I'm in no hurry (6+ / 0-)

    As much as my situation is unfortunate, I am one of the lucky ones. I live with my significant who makes a healthy living in the medical field. I also have a few $$$ set aside to ride this out. My significant keeps telling me that I need to be patient and that the right opportunity will come along. I have my doubts at times, but I trust her. The right job will come along. I don't want to repeat the same mistake I made ten years ago, settling on a crappy temp job only to stay there for six years of unrelenting hell. I'd much rather be jobless and going slightly mad than killing myself at a job I absolutely loath. This has to get better

    "Know that it is easier to get into something than it is to get out of it." - Donald Rumsfeld

    by teej on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 08:55:31 AM PST

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    •  You are right (6+ / 0-)

      You are lucky ...

      But let me say this - I certainly don't loathe my job washing dishes - for the most part, it is pretty stress free!  I like the people I work with and I like working in the culinary industry - I love to eat and I love to cook, which I am lucky enough to do once in a while at work ... but, again, that's me.

      I have worked as a cab driver, I built pre-fab fences, I worked landscaping (this was probably one of the singularly worst jobs for me - but, some people love it!), I pumped gas ... and a bunch of other stuff!  - You know what I REALLY liked - making $79/hour working in IT - but so be it!

      Hey, if You are 'lucky' enough not to HAVE to work - great, I guess!? ... But that doesn't mean that You have to NOT work at a job 'beneath you' - You can always quit!? ... or well, whatever

      "I want to keep them alive long enough that I can win them to Christ," - Rick Warren, Professional Greed Driven Scumbag

      by josephk on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 09:10:43 AM PST

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      •  Depends on my sanity (3+ / 0-)

        Right now my biggest enemy is diminished self-worth. I feel with every passing day I am less and less of a human being. I know that sounds stupid. I'm not. It's entirely a psychological thing. I have to constantly remind myself that my worth is not based upon my income. It is based upon what I have accomplished, and I've accomplished a lot. None of it pays the bills, but I keep active and contribute to the beauty of this world in my own way. I know there will come a day I will have to make the hard sacrifice and take any job that comes along, but I'm thankful that's not right now. I can still be selective. Six months from now, not so much.

        "Know that it is easier to get into something than it is to get out of it." - Donald Rumsfeld

        by teej on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 09:19:32 AM PST

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        •  You seem confused then ... (5+ / 0-)
          Right now my biggest enemy is diminished self-worth.
          You know what a job is NOT - it is not about self-worth, unless You make it that.

          You know what a job IS for someone in Your (and admittedly, my ... ) position - something to do!

          After an 8 hour shift of scrubbing pots and pans and mopping and all the stuff associated with being a dishwasher - my fingers cracked and bleeding from that and the dry cold weather - my 49 year old back and feet barking and knowing that I used to make what I just made in 8 hours in 1 hour sitting in front of a computer - it sure as shit better NOT be about the money! - otherwise, I would go fucking bonkers!

          Anyway - I was just trying to offer 'friendly advice' - personally, I don't give a shit what You do ... makes no never mind to me ... but there are worse things in life than working as a dishwasher - hedge fund manager comes to mind!

          "I want to keep them alive long enough that I can win them to Christ," - Rick Warren, Professional Greed Driven Scumbag

          by josephk on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 09:41:07 AM PST

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          •  I appreciate all comments (3+ / 0-)

            I used to get pissed off very easily. I used to be a raging jerk, adamant about getting my way. Now I care more about others and how much I can make a difference in this world rather than how much I can make per paycheck. I think one of the gifts of long-term unemployment is humility. I'm thankful for the little things and who I am, no matter where I am at. I'll gladly take a lesser job if I have to. It's taken losing the good job I had to discover I already have the good things in life.

            "Know that it is easier to get into something than it is to get out of it." - Donald Rumsfeld

            by teej on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 09:52:31 AM PST

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