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Wednesday, February 18, 2009



I have adopted this as my new motto. They're having another round of layoffs at work this week. So many good friends have already left. It's very stressful, but I have to believe that everything will be ok. Somehow. No matter what happens. Right?


Anonymous Marie said...

Hope always is there for those brave enough to be hopeful.

February 18, 2009 at 8:04 AM  
Blogger P said...

My goodness, I know how that goes. We've had SEVENTEEN rounds of layoffs here, and the rest of us are hanging by our our pinkies.


February 18, 2009 at 8:27 AM  
Blogger random moments said...

That IS very stressful. Crossing my fingers for you T. Btw, I love that quote.

February 18, 2009 at 8:33 AM  
Blogger Helen said...

Right. It WILL be okay. It just will.

February 18, 2009 at 9:00 AM  
Blogger giulia said...

Dear Tina,

I thought of you last night re: layoffs. (Same thing happening in DC, etc.) The motto. Yes. At the risk of TMI: I survived Beirut as a teenager at the start of the civil war in April 1975 (on holiday).

I survived a market bombing in Jerusalem in 1985; two friends, a colleague, & many others standing around me, did not survive. I was there on a Fulbright & could not, in the end, stay out the whole term. I returned to the States with much shame.

I survived the very public destruction of three close friends, was pilloried in the Washington Post & other periodicals for "not saving them." I still receive hideous emails from crazy people who've happened upon the articles or follow-up online "discussion" archives.

These are but a few examples. Close friends have said they don't know how I am still walking upright.

Well, some days I'm not upright but I will not give in.

When I was a little girl & worried about something (I had plenty to worry about but didn't show it), I used to say to myself, "At the end of tonight, I will be alive."

I continued that silent "I will still be alive tonight" mantra throughout my life until evidence to the contrary piled up. Too many people have not made it until the end of a particular, specific day. It's the kind of larger world-stage life I have led. I know better now.

But I do say, "things will work out. Somehow." They will because they have to. Of course, like your new motto, it doesn't promise material wealth, a parade in one's honor, etc. But that doesn't matter.

Yes, things will be OK. No matter what happens. We are fortunate because we do have advantages...& I'll bet we have at least one thing in common: good friends. Wouldn't have/can't make it without them. Quite literally at the moment, as they are keeping the resident feline in her food. And a lot of other things.

Deep breathe, talk to your friends, keep blogging.

xo, Susan

February 18, 2009 at 9:31 AM  
Blogger Tina said...

Please add me to your list of friends. Your note brought tears to my eyes.

February 18, 2009 at 10:40 AM  
Blogger Gina said...

xoxox....we are here, sweetie. you & hugo hang in there!

February 18, 2009 at 12:47 PM  
Anonymous puglyfeet said...

Everything is cyclical.

You are right. Everything will be ok.

February 18, 2009 at 1:52 PM  
Blogger Micaela said...

agreed!!! hugs.

February 18, 2009 at 2:02 PM  
Blogger stylesmith said...

That's my motto. I use it constantly.


February 18, 2009 at 6:39 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

love you guys...thank you!

February 18, 2009 at 10:09 PM  
Blogger K said...

yep, that tis what I am betting on while I wait for those unemployment checks to come in.....yikes.... perhaps it will mean new exciting career paths.

just found you via lolita and I'm loving your posts.... and boy do I miss los angeles.

March 15, 2009 at 10:43 PM  

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