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On Blackness

No, this isn't a post about Michael Richards.

Last Friday in the USA is known as "Black Friday" - it's the day after US Thanksgiving, and the single largest shopping day of the year. But, as Jason points out, "Black Friday" also has another meaning. In his case, it reminds him of getting laid off last year. And he makes a great statement about looking back on it:

"Honestly, I’m glad it happened. Now, 10 months later, I can say that it is one of the best things that has happened to me. Sometimes career paths that seem exciting are really going nowhere. And progress with JibberJobber has been so swift, so exciting that I’d rather be on this train, my train, than that one." [emphasis in the original]

That's the funniest thing about finding our path in life - sometimes it takes, as a friend of mine likes to say, "getting a 2x4 in the head from life" before we realize what we're really supposed to be doing. Some of us are pretty stubborn - we cling to the job that is, as the book title suggests, too good to leave, but too bad to stay. And so we slog through the days, never being forced to find our own path.

Recently on his podcast, Dan Miller mentioned about a caller's situation that "the best thing that could happen would be that she got fired". I wanted to jump up and applaud (though the people in Starbucks might have thought me strange) - as the old proverb has it, sometimes it's darkest before the dawn.

So, let me ask... what is the universe trying to tell you right now? And what techniques have you been using to avoid listening at all costs?

And what would happen if you listened, just for a little while? How would your life be different?

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