We’ve all seen it. ‘Help Wanted’ signs, long waits, and desperate attempts at hiring are all indicative of the current job market. Pundits, executives, and common people alike throw around the phrase “nobody wants to work anymore”. So why are workers leaving now, when the economy is supposed to be recovering? The truth is, if life before the pandemic was sustainable, people would rush back to it. The pandemic has revealed the problems with the job market and given workers an opportunity to pick their best option.
It’s impossible to keep a lightning in a bottle
But that’s what makes it so powerful
Even it’s name is powerful
Rare, beautiful, electric
To hold such force in your hands…
It’s Moses calling upon God to part the Red Sea
It’s Icarus learning how to fly
It’s Thor commanding storms
It’s Zeus holding a lightning bolt in his hands
It’s Barry Allen becoming the fastest man alive
Those who are touched by lightning are never the same
Most people perish
Lightning! Dangerous, furious lightning…
It’s daring enough to…
“You’re either in or out, you can’t be both.”
This is something my family members used to tell me when I was a kid. I would come inside after playing outside to get a drink or whatever, and I would linger for a couple minutes. Now it reminds me of taking a break at work. It’s like Ah, I just need a few minutes, then I’ll be ready to get back out there. Being a kid is interesting. Sometimes you’re having fun being a kid, but you want to take a peek at what the adults are doing before you…
This scene from Avatar the Last Airbender(which you should watch if you haven’t already) has stuck with me for years. This scene is a perfect representation of teen angst, and serves as a crossroads in Prince Zuko’s character arc. But more than that, the writers manage to remind the audience of something important in every person’s life.
Heed the advice of wise Uncle Iroh. Ask yourself: Who are you? And what do you want?
Listen to the words that Iroh emphasizes. Who are you? And what do you want? This is a personal thing that doesn’t need to be…
Don’t fly away.
You might cause a tornado
On the other side of the world
As small as you are…
As insignificant as you seem…
You can make enough wind to change the weather
One flap of your little wings
At just the right time and place
Could destroy everything
Life is fickle that way, butterfly
You don’t understand the power you hold
The power of a tornado, with just one flap
Here’s the thing, butterfly
Your flap will not cause a tornado right now
It might take years before you see the fruits of your labor
Sometimes people say things to me and I have no idea what to say back.
I literally think, what do you want me to say?
I often have this problem with my teachers, the ones with the monotone voices and the half smiles. They prompt me to respond with a room full of people listening to my every word.
But what if I don’t want to?
What if I know the answer to your question but I’m tired of answering it?
What if I’m really thinking about how bad you are at your job instead of the subject matter?
Being great at what you do is a constant process. It’s often challenging and rigorous to work to get better at the thing you love to do.
Pay attention to the moments when you get it right.
Pay attention to the moments in which you know you’re working as hard as you can.
Pay attention to the moments when your efforts to reach your goals have finally paid off. These are your tiny moments of greatness.
These moments don’t last forever.
You won’t always feel like a success. You won’t always want to work hard. Greatness is habitual. …