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The Pace of Progress

Report From PIA – February 22

My husband says that the birds are singing spring songs in the morning, and although I believe him, the landscape tells me that spring is not around the corner. I see open water on the lake, but the part of the pond that abuts Poison Ivy Acres is still frozen.

Sometimes life is one step forward and another step back. Or so it seems… one of my sons learned today that he is going to be laid off. The economy may be recovering, but jobs are still being lost.

We tell him the truth: we believe in him, and hope that he will use this event to move forward. We encourage him to see this as an opportunity, not a set back. At the same time, we realize that this isn’t something that is welcomed.

I know that spring and better days are on their way. But even as I acknowledge that winter and the recession are on the decline, it doesn’t seem to be moving fast enough.

It might be difficult sometimes, but I know that it's best to focus on the open water, not the expanse of ice.

3 Responses to “The Pace of Progress”

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    melanie watts:

    Sometimes it is hard to be optimistic but experience tells us that wether we are talking about the weather or the economy, the ups and downs are cyclic. However the time spent in any part of the cycle fluctuates.

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    Karla Dalley:

    Having been through 2 layoffs in 2 years, I can tell you that it is never easy, whether it is you who is going through it or a friend or relative. But it often does lead to better things. For the first time in years I have the time I needed to start a blog. I hope your son will find the opportunities he needs very soon–spring is just around the corner and with it, everything improves!

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    CL Fornari:

    Thanks! Yes, spring does make everything look better. In the meantime, I’ll lend some prayers toward all of those who have been laid off in this recession to getting back to work.