Like so many good blogs, this one was born during a bout of involuntary unemployment. i wouldn’t say i was ever sad about being let go. my office restructured and it wasn’t due to anything I had done wrong or right. often these changes are for the best. I don’t mean to be indelicate, because I know that for many people, losing a job is tough (to say the least), but for me, i am able to see it as an opportunity.
as of this writing, I have been unemployed for almost a month. i am finally starting to notice the little things about life that went unnoticed when my thoughts were consumed by work, and rushing around, and my next meeting, and my next event.
the cracks in the yellow paint on the curb.
the way that dried up leaves dance in the wind.
the creaking street sign that sounds like someone crying out for attention
most of all, i notice peoples’ facial expressions walking down the street.
i saw someone strolling down the street today – yes, I’d call it a stroll. Walking slowly, taking in the world around him. sipping coffee. it looked almost luxurious.
not long after, i saw a man who couldn’t chug his coffee fast enough, on his way somewhere, his mind was already at his next stop.
I was that guy! I used to be that second guy!
the moral of this stupid, simple story is be here now. Your job will let you go and you’ll be stuck writing a blog and wondering what art you missed in the world around you while you were being that second guy – the dancing leaves, the cracks in paint, the singing creaking signs on windy mornings.