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November 17, 2008

3 books to lift your unemployed spirit

Possibly the toughest element of being out of work is what plays out between the ears.  Obviously, the unemployment status is demoralizing and frightening at the same time, but the brain power devoted to working and problem solving at your old job evaporate leaving an additional void that can quickly be filled up with a variety of despondent thoughts.  With that in mind, here are three book recommendations on the subject of purpose, spirituality, presence and redemption.

3. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho.  “The Alchemist” is a fable about following your dreams.  It tells the story of a shepherd boy who quits his job to pursue what is explained to him as his “personal legend”.  In his journey he overcomes a myriad of challenges, with both disaster and salvation looming as he steps forward in faith.  It illustrates the non-linear path many of us follow as we strive to achieve a greater outward purpose in our lives.

2.  The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle.  This book, and its companion piece, “A New Earth” are spiritual texts designed to teach readers path to inner peace and enlightenment.  In doing so, it gives a person the ability to overcome tragedy and sorrow with grace and ease and live a more purposeful life regardless of circumstance.  He argues the true evil that exists within all of us is our ego, and by harnessing and defeating the needs of our ego, in particular the constant ego-driven chatter in our minds, we unleash the power of spiritual purpose.  I recommend this book as an instructional set on overcoming both the perceived loss of face and potential fear associated with job loss.  By controlling these phantoms in your mind, you limit their ability to impact your reality.

1.  How Starbucks Saved My Life: A Son of Priviledge Learns to Live Like Everyone Else – Michael Gates Gill.  A tale of riches to rags, the downfall of an elite, Ivy League educated blue blood with a six figure income living the American Dream “reduced” to cleaning toilets at Starbucks.  It is a moral tale of redemption and survival, as the author finally learns dignity and human values he had missed during the decades of his former charmed life.


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