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Matt's Editorials: Sailing is a Metaphor for Life

Spring has sprung

In the past week, it is clear that spring is finally here in Connecticut. As you all probably know, I work out of my home office, and I am fortunate that it faces a heavily wooded area. During the winter, I can see my neighbor’s property off in the distance and sort of notice when there is activity. Not so during the summer. Then, I can just see a few feet into the forest.

This time of year I have the pleasure of watching the trees come to life. Every day is filled with a measure of surprise when I notice how much has happened since the day before. In addition, the squirrels are out and about chasing one another and the chipmunks have reappeared on the rock wall that borders my property.

The renewal that is emblematic of spring is, of course, a state of mind. The patterns we see in nature are analogous to the cycles we all experience, even in our work.

I’m sure all of us have experienced a job that was like the darkest and stormiest days of winter. And, hopefully, we have all experienced a job that warmed our heart and grew our skills like the early days of spring.

The membership of The FENG is varied. We have our more youthful members who are in their late 30’s or early 40’s and we range up to our more experienced members who are in their 60’s, including yours truly. We even have more than a few members in their 70’s.

The goal as we work our way into and through jobs is to understand that the world of work has a cycle. Job come and jobs go. As they end, it can be a painful process filled with uncertainty and dread, not unlike the forecast of a harsh winter which we and our loved ones will have to endure with only a small lump of coal.

What we should recognize is that this time out of the world of work will end and before too long we will be back at it renewing our skills for another company. All jobs are temporary, but no one is out of work forever, it just seems that way.

My advice is to be always preparing for that spring planting. No matter how dark the winter of your career may appear at times, the truth is that you have more than a few miles left on your odometer.

As they say, hope springs eternal.

Regards, Matt

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