Saturday, August 1, 2015

Moment of Zen: A Productive Week

I've had what I would consider a pretty productive week.  I told my mother that I couldn't help out with my granny this week, because I had to get in more job applications (though I did go,stay with her for a few hours yesterday).  I have submitted well over a dozen job applications to museums, historical societies, and colleges.  Please keep your fingers crossed that one of these leads to something.  I wasn't as productive on my novel as I would have liked to have been, but I spent nearly all of my waking hours fine tuning job applications, cover letters, resumes, and CVs.

Shortly after I lost my job, a dear friend of mine and one of my regular readers sent me a very sweet letter and a quote.  I've been wanting to share this quote, and I think now is a good time:
"Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do.  Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong." --Ella Fitzgerald 
When I get discouraged, I look at that quote and remember the words my friend wrote in his note, "Ella knew what she was talking about."  Thanks, TG, you like many of my readers are a true inspiration to me.  You have been there in my time of need, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.


Susan said...

That is an excellent quote, Joe. You have been putting in so much hard work. It has to come to fruition soon. Keeping fingers and toes crossed. :)

R.J. said...


I am so glad that I found your blog while looking for blogs of other closeted teachers. I am sorry to hear that you are unemployed, but it looks like you have had a very distinguished teaching career. I am sure that you will find the perfect job for you!

Stay encouraged!


naturgesetz said...

Here's hoping you'l get a job that is just right for you, one which will bring you happiness.

Andrew Weiss said...


I have been through what you are going through. I am sure something will break for you. In my case it was in a field that I never dreamed I would be in, but it worked out fine and I was never unemployed again after that.

Have you been in touch with an employment agency? That is where I got my good lead.