Archive for July, 2012

Decision Time

July 16, 2012

The pile of case folders mounts up on my desk.  The email program looks at me reproachfully.  My phone blinks with message alerts daily.

Business is booming, sad to say.  For several years, people have said, “Wow, you must be busy” upon hearing that I’m a career counselor.  And I nod.

This summer it has hit me.  I don’t want to be so busy that I can’t do justice to my clients.  And I’m approaching that point.

So I’ve made a decision.  No new clients.

There – it has been said.  And it feels really sad.  I love stories.  I love hearing the saga of a new client.  I love feeling part of someone’s life for a little while.  I love using my detective skills to figure out what this person has not considered, what he left unresolved, what she did not follow up on.

If you are already my client, of course we will continue our work together. No question about that.

It takes stamina to do this work, and I need to conserve mine.  So please understand that you will have to continue your search for career assistance.

May I suggest that you start with your nearest community college career center?  Or the local university?  My experience has been that there are talented folks, some in training, who are waiting for your call.

What a little blackout can do…

July 4, 2012

Exactly five days without power… in July… in Washington, DC.

Yuck.  It’s a horrible experience, as millions of people know.

Within a ten-minute flash electrical storm, we lost so much – a fan, air conditioning, the dishwasher, laundry facilities, the coffee pot, the telephone, a computer, television, a hair dryer, refrigeration, … I could go on.

What did we gain?

  • gratitude for windows that open and for large shade trees (no comments, please, on how those large shade trees brought down power lines all over the place),
  • a reminder of how useful a front porch can be.  You can catch up with neighbors while listening (and listening and listening) for those utility trucks that didn’t seem to come until today,
  • enjoyment of a breeze.  A breeze!
  • conversations with neighbors, unlike the usual hi-nice-to-see-you remarks,
  • patience for washing dishes and clothes by hand,
  • the joy of swimming in a beautiful pool, followed by an exquisitely cold can of soda from a vending machine that actually works,
  • the coolness of a movie theater, compounded by seeing an excellent movie (Moonrise Kingdom!).

Now it’s time to play catch-up.  Numerous appointments to be rescheduled, a blog to tend to, clocks to reset, friends to check on.

How is your July going?