Moment of Zen: A Productive Week


I’ve had what I would consider a pretty productive week. I told my mother that I couldn’t help out with my granny this week, because I had to get in more job applications (though I did go,stay with her for a few hours yesterday). I have submitted well over a dozen job applications to museums, historical societies, and colleges. Please keep your fingers crossed that one of these leads to something. I wasn’t as productive on my novel as I would have liked to have been, but I spent nearly all of my waking hours fine tuning job applications, cover letters, resumes, and CVs.

Shortly after I lost my job, a dear friend of mine and one of my regular readers sent me a very sweet letter and a quote. I’ve been wanting to share this quote, and I think now is a good time:

“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.” –Ella Fitzgerald

When I get discouraged, I look at that quote and remember the words my friend wrote in his note, “Ella knew what she was talking about.” Thanks, TG, you like many of my readers are a true inspiration to me. You have been there in my time of need, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

About Joe

I began my life in the South and for five years lived as a closeted teacher, but am now making a new life for myself as an oral historian in New England. I think my life will work out the way it was always meant to be. That doesn't mean there won't be ups and downs; that's all part of life. It means I just have to be patient. I feel like October 7, 2015 is my new birthday. It's a beginning filled with great hope. It's a second chance to live my life…not anyone else's. My profile picture is "David and Me," 2001 painting by artist Steve Walker. It happens to be one of my favorite modern gay art pieces. View all posts by Joe

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