Sunday, January 22, 2017

Jobless

How about starting the year without a job? The company decided to cut down the number of employees due to the crisis faced by the oil and gas industry. I had a strong feeling that this will happen soon so I can't say that I am not prepared to hear the news. It's been great decade of experience and knowledge.  

attempt


Passage

I watch the world stop
except for the waves 
inviting me to explore 
the places unknown 
where a passport
is not needed.

I help the clouds paint
the earth white,
whiter than the soul,
until my hands feel
nothing

I set the alarm 
but it did not ring
perhaps my ears filter 
the sounds 

allowing me to continue 
dreaming
until springtime  

/totomai 

I am not sure yet what would be my next step. I started applying for a new job but I feel it will be a bit difficult because of the current situation of the oil and gas industry.  Or I'll take this as a break as I have been working since graduating from university.  Anyway, I am still excited about what's in store for me in the future. 

/totomai
2016/01/22

Photo taken with Nikon D80, 18-200 mm VR lens

34 comments:

  1. I help the clouds paints
    the earth white
    until my hands feel
    nothing... wonderfully written Totomai, good luck with everything.

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    1. Thanks Thot, so far it's been a challenge but hopefully everything will be fine soon.

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  2. I hope this is the gateway to new opportunity for you.

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  3. I was very near to take a package to leave... but my fear was just that alarm...

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  4. Maybe you can visit all those unknowing places, just a drive or a long (or short) walk away... It might be nice to take a break for a while, to play with nature and being under your own terms, if you can afford it.

    Love the images your poem brings to life.

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    1. I am planning to, Magaly. But it's taking too much time haha

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  5. Of course let the alarm ring, but without giving ear. Rest and restore until the next job. Hope that will be soon

    Happy Sunday

    Much love...

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    1. Thanks Gillena, I'll consider this as a healthy break

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  6. The idea of a break sounds good, if you can swing it. Then plunge back into the job search. Does this free you to live anywhere you want? Or are the best job opps in Japan? You will be busy with your camera in the interim, I am sure. Good luck, Totomai. With your many talents and abilities, I hope you land a job you really love.

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    1. Thanks Sherry, I hope to stay in Japan but if I can find a new job in other places, I am more than willing to accept the challenge.

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  7. Hopefully everything will be sorted out soon, until then enjoy and go with the flow 🌹

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  8. I hope you will do ok. My roommate and I can't find jobs and it's been many months now. We are out of money and options. In CA the only jobs seem to be temps (they always say they will hire permanent but don't) and he's had a few now but they END. I can't get a job for nothing! For the first time in my life we may be homeless and I don't know how I'm going to do it. We are praying, begging, and all the savings are gone. I hope you are better prepared and it doesn't last too long. Our problem is it's lasted way too long. I fear for you and everyone in our boat. You WANT to work and can't! Is the the USA?

    Very good poem! Hugs!

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    1. I hope you can get a job soon Bekkie. I am in Japan but if I can find other opportunities in other countries, why not? :)

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  9. I am so sorry. That is an awful feeling.

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    1. Yeah but no need to be sad, or else I'll go crazy

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  10. The lovely poem suggests your subconscious wants that time out – and you surely must need it by now.

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  11. Loved your poem! Beautiful words rendered with such clarity and a kind of bluesy eloquence, which reflects, I think, the changing life passage you are in.

    My husband is in Information Systems and that field has undergone so many changes - visiting a myriad of stressful upheavals upon the heads of workers and their families. We have moved, I've forgotten how many times, because of it. And yet, here we are - finally retired. And I can honestly say - for all the mental anguish and upset - it was seldom boring. Enjoy this "in-between" time. And, if you don't mind a bit of unsolicited advice, I would say: apply, apply, apply. When you find yourself in a crazy employment market, it's all about volume. Sometimes we sent out upwards to a hundred applications before we got a nibble. (I can hardly believe it, but that's what it took.) Something will turn up. I'm sure of it!

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    1. Thanks Wendy, applying is my new past time hehe. it's fun, tough and scary though lol

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  12. As your photography is superb have you thought of following that track?

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    1. Photography is my last option, Robin.

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  13. Perhaps that is what pushes us to be starving artists... working part time jobs... in humility and creativity. :) When I retired I went from a 12 dollar steak to 2 dollar a pound, ground turkey.

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  14. Totomai, I am so sorry to hear this. What a blow. With your intelligence and talents though, I hope it will not be a long time for you without a job! Best wishes to you, my friend.

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    1. Two months now, and I hope I can work soon, Mary.

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  15. So sorry to hear this. Something will come along.It's a hard world.THink positive.

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  16. reviving my blog feeds. nakahanap ka na ba ng new career?

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  17. heeeyyy Totomai! ahay ah...when I finally got the chance to open my blog and I saw this...ahayyyy noy..don't give up lang ah, kaya na..I believe in you! Apply dri liwat sa Thailand! ahaha...amo na gani nag eskwela ko masters and later Phd kay para hopefully maka secure sang future ko man kay naga tigul-ets na ta daan. Haizt...am with you Totomai...big hugs!

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  18. ako ni ah...si meming...classmate mo sang una..ahaha naging Unknown sa una na comment...basi lang matingala ka... big hugs ulet!

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