Saturday, August 7, 2010

"We are so much more..."

Today I was talking to a friend who confessed to me that she is so embarrassed by the fact that she had lost her previous job, one with prestige and good pay as well as perks, and was now in a position that was similar to where she started in her career. I can so relate to that, because I as well as so many other people have been affected by the economy. And not only does it hurt our pocketbooks, but it affects our egos. That is because we are judged by ' what we do'. How many times at a cocktail party has the conversation started out with "And what do you do for a living?" It is just natural.

She confided that she saw someone she had considered to be a friend who said "You work here now?" In my opinion, that shows what a small person the supposed friend is.

Theophrastus said " True friends visit us in prosperity only when invited, but in adversity they come without an invitation."

We are all so much more than our occupations. I am a mother, sister, daughter & wife. I am also a fabulous designer and gardener. Those are my passions. I love to read, cook and entertain. Traveling to new places and architecture are things I love to see with my husband.

A true friend is someone that you can share your triumphs and failures with, without fear of judgement. You are bonded together by past experiences, shares interests and history. One should never be embarrassed by lifes challenges. Those are the things that mold our personalities. Sometimes life can humble us, and maybe we need it to be so. But please remember, that whatever you do to make a living, does not define the person you are. And feel sorry for those that think it should. They must live very shallow and unfulfilled lives.

1 comment:

  1. Donna, words to live by. Too bad the nursery rhythm “Sticks and stones my break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” was wrong. Words do hurt, and leave lasting impressions on our psyches. This is why psychologist makes the big bucks now; those words have turned into depression. Thank you for your inspiring thoughts.