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A New Appreciation for Work

Our show is about optimism — we like to say we’re selling hope and inspiration, because our stories and programs are uplifting, forward-looking and by and for people who believe in dreams.

But that’s not to say we bury our heads in the sand and ignore the often difficult reality people all over the world are facing: economic challenges, job loss, poor health, etc.

We have so much empathy for people who have good hearts but are facing bad circumstances, and especially for people who are over 50 and out of work, it can be easy to get discouraged.

This morning, on the way to work, I listened to a fascinating report on NPR about the resurgence of jobs in the automotive industry, post-bailout: “Auto Parts Suppliers Hiring As Fast As They Can.One of the most telling lines came from one of the employers, who shared his perspective on hiring, firing and re-hiring workers on an assembly line.

Paraphrasing: “They’re more appreciative of having a job, now that they’ve seen the alternative. They come to work with better attitudes, they pay more attention to what they’re doing, and they’re happier when they’re on the job.”

More appreciative of having a job. That’s an interesting reminder about how lucky we all are, to have what we have, no? Again, if you’re among the thousands of Americans who are unemployed or underemployed, I know it can be difficult to try and find any lining — silver or otherwise. But there WILL be better days. And you do have something in your life to be thankful for.

If you’re having a hard time finding it, I think these stories will help — they all feature ordinary people overcoming obstacles.