Tech – for Everyone

Tech Tips and Tricks & Advice – written in plain English.

Keep Your Dreams Alive*

I am “approaching half a Century” (ahem) of life, and never before have so many of the people I’ve talked to told me they are:
* Looking for work – any work.lapel pin flag
* Recently laid off.
* Their company shut down/is shutting down.
* Afraid they’re going to be “downsized”.
* Working 2 jobs but still can’t float the boat.
* Going back to school.
And, the one I take special note of..
* Unemployed so long, “I’ve forgotten what having a job feels like.”
Oh, yes! I’ve felt in my business. You betcha. People are changing their money habits, I guarantee.

I have weathered a crisis or two in my life – some of them ‘global’. My first “real job” was pumping gas during Jimmy Carter’s Gas Crisis, and trying to keep odd numbered license plates from sneaking into line on “even days” (That should date me pretty well). Many readers are too young to 1970s_gas_rationingremember that; but it ushered in the Honda, Toyota and Datsuns (now “Nissan”) to America. Something we take totally for granted now..

And I’ve experienced some deep personal “earthquakes” too – which I’ll keep to myself – and which I sincerely hope you never have to experience.

I would like to say to you, Dear Reader, in these difficult and frightening times– they will pass. Whatever your personal hardship. Today and every day, we need to keep our plans and dreams alive – and we must not allow ourselves to be drowned by nightmares, negativity, fear, and despair.

We are living art, created to hang on, stand up, forbear, continue and encourage others.” – Maya Angelou

I would like to say to you, if you need help — ask for it. If you have help to give — give of it freely. Asking for help isn’t easy or fun. Do it anyway.

For those of you surrounded by blackness and hopelessness, please seek professional help! I sincerely hope you’ll get help because you deserve it. No matter what anyone says, including yourself. You are of infinite value and significance — and deserve peace, happiness and meaning in your life.
[Family members — Please get immediate professional help if a loved one talks of suicide, has excessive guilt or anxiety, or starts to abuse drugs or alcohol.]

I agree with our new President – it is time to “roll up our sleeves and get busy” contributing to our Country’s “life’s blood”. And I believe that means helping your neighbor.. even if you think he should be helping you. I would like to say to you, lead by example.

If you just want to die.. think it would be “easier” (or if you know someone who is acting this way) don’t dismiss what I am going to suggest next because you think I “don’t know “..
1) it will pass (and, yeah, it can take a long time) and,
2) please – pretty please with sugar on top – click here, and then click some of links you find there.

* Snippets from an article orig. posted 02/07/09

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August 16, 2009 - Posted by | advice


  1. TechPaul,

    Your advice is “spot on”.

    I’m not a believer in nonsense advice such as – “that which doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger”. That’s just outrageous nonsense.

    No life is without trial and tribulations – some more than others. The commonality amongst those that struggle, and survive the struggle, is the help and support gathered in from family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and in many cases, even strangers.

    The point here is: be KIND to all. The impact kindness has on human beings, both the giver, and the receiver, cannot be overstated. The ability to be kind, defines us above all else.



    Comment by Bill Mullins | August 16, 2009 | Reply

    • Mr. Mullins,
      Beautifully said.

      There is some .. magical effect which occurs when you volunteer your time and attention to others; whether that be being a mentor, building a “habitat for humanity home”, or just going out and picking up litter ..

      I am not minimizing or trivializing the illness we have come to call “Depression”. It can very well require professional attention.


      Comment by techpaul | August 16, 2009 | Reply

  2. TechPaul,

    Great article… I liked the part about doing what our new President is asking us to do and that is to “roll up our sleeves”. For some reason I am seeing people and the media trying to cause division AND put blame on one person. This mess was not created overnight. So let’s roll up our sleeves and try and make a difference.



    Comment by Ramblinrick | August 16, 2009 | Reply

    • Rick,
      I know that what I am about to say has been “played” so much as to be a lexicon, but almost 50 years ago now, we were urged to “ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”

      I thank you for your kind support.


      Comment by techpaul | August 16, 2009 | Reply

  3. Paul:
    Great writing on the subjects of ‘the human conditions” especially during these difficult times of despair for so many people.

    Your concern for others,your open-ness and sharing of your life and experiences is very courageous and I’m sure it will give encouragement to those who read it, and passed on to those who need it.

    You made me stop to wonder if I know anyone who might be troubled, if I am passing them by, or if I am to busy to listen, this is certainly food for thought


    Comment by Gaia | August 16, 2009 | Reply

    • Gaia,
      Your kind words are appreciated. Thank you.


      Comment by techpaul | August 16, 2009 | Reply

  4. i’m pretty fresh off of some challenging times. it caused me to pause and take notice of what despair is.

    my attitude use to be somewhat cold – “i’m glad i’m not in their shoes”.

    now that i’ve walked in “those shoes”, i understand and have compassion.

    and yes, it will pass. it does pass. it’s the carousel of life.


    Comment by g | August 18, 2009 | Reply

    • g,
      Now that I am no longer “wet behind the ears” (aka “young and dumb”) I make a real effort to try to “walk in their shoes” (in Kallyfornyah, we sometimes call that “to feel where their ‘coming from'”) before circumstances forces me too.
      But I learned that one the hard way…

      Good to see you back!


      Comment by techpaul | August 18, 2009 | Reply

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