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As I see my friends around me struggling to find a job, I realize how lucky I am that my boss asked me to stay full-time, that I work with some great people, and that the work I do is interesting. I will take full advantage of the opportunities that have been presented to me because I know that there are people out there who aren't in the same situation.

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Comment by Ari Herzog on December 3, 2008 at 11:58am
May I ask a question, Andrea? If your boss decided for whatever reason to block access to something online that you counted on for your marketing and your boss would not hear no for a reason, would you leave or stay?
Comment by Josh Mendelsohn on November 25, 2008 at 8:38am
Great stories. I haven't been so lucky on the work front - my job is unfortunately being eliminated at the end of the year - but its really important to remember that life is great and I have been extremely lucky. Work is just one component and hopefully that resolves itself quickly as well.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Comment by Lew Sabbag on November 24, 2008 at 11:28am
There seems to be a lot of pressure to "see the glass as half empty" versus half full. Checking the media stories lately seems to pull up the negative outcomes all too often, but those folks who have an abundance mentality and their glass is always on the fuller side; they are the ones who will help bring the needed changes to our economy and our world. Here's to everyone working for positive outcomes, both here as the holiday season approaches and from a year long perspective as well. Happy Thanksgiving!
Comment by Cecil Dorman on November 24, 2008 at 6:47am
Great Thanksgiving stories for us all! I am honored to be part of a such a supportive network. If any of you need to talk about your situation, please let me know.
Comment by Anna Barcelos on November 23, 2008 at 7:43pm
For me personally, I try not to dwell on all the media and negativity about the economy. I focus on everything I'm grateful for - my family, still having a job, my health, and ability to help others when I can. Like Myles said, everything always has a way of working out. We have to keep moving forward, no matter how difficult it is! Happy Thanksgiving and God Bless everyone.
Comment by Enzo Surin on November 22, 2008 at 2:43pm
"Take a Look Around " (excerpt)

The other day I was interviewing student candidates for a mission’s trip my co-workers and I will be taking to Biloxi, MS next spring. By this time we had already interviewed six or seven candidates and had heard all sorts of reasons why these students felt they should be picked to go on the trip. But there were two candidates that stood out from the rest. Two young women who had come from very difficult circumstances; the first young woman witnessed her friend being stabbed to death and another being shot to death. She also had her life threatened and was scared for some time to leave her house for fear that the person would carry out the threat. The second young woman had been homeless for a number of years but now runs her own business. Despite the odds, both of these young women are college students working on their degrees. But that’s not the best part of the story. When we asked them why they wanted to go on a mission trip and forego their spring break vacation, their answers were identically the same. They both claimed without hesitation that no matter how bad their lives may have been, they know there are people out there who have it even worse and they want to reach out and help them.

The reason why their answers surprised me and touched my heart, was because a lot of what I have been hearing lately is how bad people are doing. I hear all sorts of stories about how difficult these economic times are on people and the toll it is taking on them emotionally and financially. It is estimated that one million jobs have been lost so far this year in the United States alone and the numbers are expected to rise. So it was refreshing to hear that though times are tough for some, there is an acknowledgment that it may be worst for others. What these young women are referring to is what is known as charity.

As a good number of us are taking measure to secure what we have because we are not sure what the future holds we shouldn’t forget how even the smallest act can bless someone this holiday season. Whether it is visiting your neighbor to give them a word of encouragement, raking their yard for them without telling them or delivering a warm meal to share with them; it all goes a long way. This is not a time for us to shut our hearts to the needs of others because right now they need our love more than ever.

Enzo Surin
Founder and President, Enzo Surin INK
Comment by Edgar Villagomez on November 22, 2008 at 1:44pm
Deep stories!
Thanks for sharing them
Comment by Rick Littrell on November 22, 2008 at 12:01pm
Great story. It is during these difficult times that it is important to remember what is really important to our lifes. My parents are going through a tough health time right now (both went into the hospital on Nov. 13, Dad is still in and Mom got out on Monday), but I have to consider that I still have them and I still have my health (not withstanding being overweight, not exercising enough, eating the wrong food (loving bacon and eggs on Sunday mornings during football season) and drinking too much coffee) and my wife and kids are doing well. May not have everything that we want, but we clearly have everything that we need.
Comment by Tom Strachan on November 22, 2008 at 11:07am
Thanks for sharing, great story.
Comment by stacee on November 22, 2008 at 10:04am
That is a fantastic story. And ever more appropriate as we approach the official "thanksgiving" holiday, yet I'm sure we all agree --- that "THANKSgiving" can be everyday. Thank you both for sharing.

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