Yes things are tough right now….
I understand it’s hard at the moment for many to find a job. I even understand that it is now a tad bit more difficult than usual for many to become wildly successful. But ……there’s nothing like a good challenge and a little bit of adversity to test the human spirit. What I see is a great many that are still waiting for the bottom of this market or the bottom of that market before they make their move, I see many waiting for things to get better before they begin to move forward and make things better, and worse of all, I see a great many who are waiting for a type of permission to dream again.
So… I just have to say it….if this is you, and if this is how you are thinking….then I think you have the wrong plan, and here is why. Because we are in America….and America is easy! Yes we are still in the country known as the land of opportunity, and Yes, we are still in the only country in all of the world that has the words DREAM immediately after it. I think it’s important that we not forget that there is no such thing as a Poland Dream, or an Irish Dream, or a Spanish Dream…..and how rare it is to find boats stowing away hundreds of people to get to any of these just mentioned countries. No….there just aren’t that many countries with walls slowing others from making their way in, nor are there people risking their lives to cross rivers and desserts just to get in. Yes…there is only one dream…and it is the American Dream.
So currently 9.7% of the country is unemployed… is this a bad thing? I don’t know…it depends on your perspective. I think that this can perhaps be seen as our time to shine… our time to overcome and grow. We have after all grown in GDP and economic output as a country during this slight depression which everyone is experiencing and is so depressed about . So why is every chum so glum? Well I’ll tell you…what appears to be happening is this, our country is growing, but…our workforce is not. We have 9.7% of of a country now without jobs because it doesn’t make financial sense to have them around. Essentially there has been such an increase in technology that just about 10% of our country has been outpaced by it and can’t seem to keep up. So as an economic entitiy we aren’t doing so bad…we are expanding, but as a populace we probably need to make some changes.
Now you can call me a glutton for pain but I think that on a much deeper level this can be seen as a test to each and every one of us who has found themselves out of work, or bereft of hope for the future. This little test is going to see if we can be creative enough, persistent enough, and productive enough to find the opportunities and the ideas that are interwoven throughout this great country. It’s a little test that if passed, will allow us to stand tall once again. So what that we have an almost 10% unemployment rate and heaps of national debt among other financial woes… It will behoove us to not forget that we are in a type of continual “Design Mode”…designing not just how bright our personal futures are going to be, but how bright our collective future is going to be as a country. No it’s not going to be easy, No we can’t go on strike, nor can we get paid by demand… we must earn it! We must take off our pajamas, put down the remote, and get out there, give our best and hustle our faces off!! So we put 10 resumes in today…now what? Are we going to go home and eat Cheetos and ice cream until tomorrow comes around so we can do it all over again, or are we going to go above and beyond.. put in 15 more that are thoughtfully adapted? Are we going stop there…or are we going to do more… and begin to THINK of, and then ACT on, the many hundreds of thousands of other ways that we can be of service to the community, the country, the world? I’ sincerely feel… that this is the only way that we can dig our way out, and be duly reimbursed, so we can begin living the way we wish, so we can begin living our little portion of what makes up this thing called the American Dream.
Consider this…. China is currently at 5% unemployment and Russia is at 8.5% unemployment….looks good right, but would you really want to live and work there? Employment in one of these countries is hardly the ideal career plan…(at least as far as I can tell based off of what I learned in my college Geography courses). The country of France is at 10%, and the last time I was there everyone seemed so defeated and somber I started to get a little depressed myself. (law of association I suppose) They didn’t have the spark that we have, they didn’t have in their eyes the glimmer of a greater tomorrow…. I couldn’t sense that essense…that energy, of individual empire builders like I feel when I am here at home. And Spain…one of my favorite countries in all the world is at 22% unemployment…..with their young workers ages 18 – 24 showing an astonishing unemployment rate of 54%! And this is a developed nation! So, what does all this mean? Well, if you are an American, perhaps you will more clearly recognize how blessed you are, and how much more privlege and opportunity you have even in this day and age…as you are more priveleged than 95 % of the world (95.46% to be exact). If you’ve read this and you are an American….It’s my hope that you will never again be able to say you didn’t know how much privlege and promise you had….because you are afterall in America…. and America is Easy!