The unemployment rate and other technical terms used to describe the impact fail to capture the anguish and human toll of the economic tsunami.
Like a tornado, it strike swats within communities and industries leaving many staggering and drowning in a sea of debt and despair.
One powerful tool that we do possess to battle the sinking feeling of despair is hope.
Hope is said to give energy to the mind to explore the possibilities of a new day. Hope stays the course even when doors are slammed, and phone calls are not returned.
Putting a face to and sharing the odyssey of the journey from joblessness to employment can hopefully inspire those of us in the unemployment vice.
We did not dare to breathe a prayer,
Or give our anguish scope.
Something was dead within each of us,
And what was dead was Hope.
“I am grateful for all of my problems. After each one was overcome, I became stronger and more able to meet those that were still to come. I grew in all my difficulties.”
— J.C. Penney, businessman
How can we further share hope beyond misery?