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A Nation in Crisis Needs Community

     America today is like someone with 1,000 friends on Facebook but none to really turn to in a time of crisis. A nation in crisis needs community. —Scott Heiferman & Jeremy Heimans Co-founder and advisor of Meetup.com

     I had a job interview yesterday, as a result of posting my resume on Monster and Career Builder. I’ve sent out dozens of resumes and was actually surprised when someone responded. We met and she was appropriately perky, dressed in ‘Development Red’. Might I add that there are no perkier people in the non-profit world than those that work development. It went okay. There is something artificial about job searching this way. While the who-you-know way has its faults, there is something about someone knowing you and your talents and recommending you, something inclusive, communal even. Interviews like this are the cold-call, and I always feel as if I am dancing the final number (Overture! Curtain lights! This is it! The night of nights!) and when I’m done instead of applause I hear a pen scratching on paper, the click of the clipboard and a monotone voice from the darkness, “Thank you very much Ms. Mitchell, don’t call us, we’ll call you.”

    It’s all part of the process, the more of these I get out of the way, and the closer I get to my spectacular. It’s about being clear on what I want my life to look like as the paradigm shifts. These are the dress rehearsals for the real gig. I didn’t get the job from the last interview either, they promoted from within. Cool. On to the next. I read about  www.Meetup.com on the Huffington Post today. Exactly what I was talking about earlier. Community.

     Something spectacular is just around the bend…

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Run Tell That!

When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” 
— Audre Lorde

     The first thing I did was tell. Everybody.  And I didn’t want to.  Who wants to be the one po’ mouthing about being without a job in this economy? I didn’t.  Me, New Age thinker, all about light and love and Divine order. I also knew that I couldn’t let “a good crisis go to waste” (the aptly named sermon delivered last Sunday). I got the message that now is the time to reach deep, into the “ingenuity” Obama spoke about in his first speech to the nation. What I know is that I belong to a people who make a way out of no way, a nation of creative thinkers and doers, a people who look past, over and through circumstance.  So, I told everybody that I’d come in contact with for that past ten years. I’ve decided that I will not let circumstance define my life. I’m going to ride this thing hard and put it up wet. 

This is the email I sent out:

   I won’t make you read through “25 Things You Should Know About Me,” however there is one thing I need you to know, and that is that I was recently laid off my job. As a single mom of a one, you can imagine how difficult that was to hear. Difficult though it was, I am moving forward and continue to maintain a positive attitude, an abundance of hope and an unwavering belief in the promise of the future.

        Of course I attached a resume as well and got quite a few responses and an interview. You never know do you? 

    Accept no one’s definition of your life. Define yourself.   

    ‘Til next time– Keep it in the Light!


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