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Thursday, March 29 2001

Job regrets and second guesses

Continuing a thought started yesterday about alter-egos...one of the great frustrations about work is the feeling that we could be doing a better job elsewhere. There, or in that job, I could be a standout in my field. (Or even more sadly, if I could only get into my field, I could do a better job.) One of the alter-egos I omitted yesterday was the one that's living in Cambria County still, publishing weekly newspapers for Richland Township, Westmont, and other suburbs. It may be fortunate that that longtime dream never had a chance...but I'll never know. What if I'd taken the job offered by the Tribune-Democrat before I became editor of the Journal (the latter was to be much more desired, but perhaps not available if I'd taken that other move)? What if I'd sold my future for $30,000 when Herman Sedloff offered to sell the Journal to me for that (by today's reckoning) pittance?

After I moved to New Jersey, I received a handwritten note from a Johnstown millionaire, one of the area's most successful entrepreneurs, whom I'd met briefly in my Tourist Council-related work. He said he was disappointed to hear that I'd left the area; had been thinking about future opportunities for me. Dying of curiosity, I asked him to tell me more...he never did.

I've always been a strong believer in divine intervention and appointment. If I had pursued other opportunities I might have succeeded, even more than the course taken. But would that have been in pursuit of my best, or God's? Some counselor would consider that question rooted in “fear of success.” But always the question should be addressed: what price success? What shall it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his own soul?

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

Job-related humor

A man entered a pet shop, wanting to buy a parrot. The shop owner pointed out three identical parrots on a perch and said, "The parrot to the left costs 500 dollars."

"Why does that parrot cost so much?" the man wondered.

The owner replied, "Well, it knows how to use a computer."

The man asked about the next parrot on the perch. "That one costs 1,000 dollars because it can do everything the other parrot can do, plus it knows how to use the UNIX operating system."

Naturally, the startled customer asked about the third parrot. "That one costs 2,000 dollars."

"And what does that one do?" the man asked.

The owner replied, "To be honest, I've never seen him do a thing, but the other two call him boss!"

Sent by Mike Harrison

Lenten thought

An elder said, "Let us build a factory of good thoughts. If a factory produces bullets and we feed it with iron, it will make bullets. If the factory makes chalices and we feed it with gold, it will produce gold chalices. If we feed it with iron, it will make chalices of iron. Whatever thoughts we put in our minds, that is what we will get."

A monk of Mount Athos

Sent by Christopher Haas

Lenten thoughts (i.e., pertaining to repentance and spiritual growth, from any faith-community perspective) are solicited from readers.

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