Just when you thought it was safe

Just when you thought it was safe…it gets worse. Kind of like an X-Box 360 shoot ‘em up – all metaphors have some basis – I’m in the middle of Gears of War2 – not for the faint of heart… But the good news – at least so far in the game – there is always light at the end of the tunnel. You just keep playing – get “killed.” The game loads where you left off and you are on your way – hopefully with some learning that gets you through the obstacle and closer to your objective.

So, while I’m not sure Voltaire would have approved of Gears of War2 as philosophical symbolism – actually he might have – it’s what I have today and where I’m going.

It’s all about moving forward with determination and the ability to not let the obstacles stop you. In the short term – even the best players get stymied – but learn and move on: learn and move on – it’s the rhythm of the game.

To that end I have gone for another two-quote Ramble – with deflation, shrinking budgets, falling market and general loss of confidence in the economy – it’s the only increase I can feel good about…

The first I find amazing and suggest you look up when and under what circumstances it was said:

Emergencies have always been necessary to progress. It was darkness which produced the lamp. It was fog that produced the compass. It was hunger that drove us to exploration. And it took a depression to teach us the real value of a job.
— Victor Hugo

Tough love in that thought – but how true. We do need to be grateful – and conscious of those not as fortunate – but we also need to value the work we do. And, the value our work brings…particularly in times like these.

But even so the progress doesn’t just happen. We – you — have to make it happen. There is a theory that whole populations disappeared because they couldn’t move on – cultures that fished who couldn’t figure out how to farm, farmers who couldn’t get it together to hunt – you get the picture…survival of the fittest – as I wrote about a number of weeks ago.

To that end – here is my second thought:
Only some people get what they want. Those are the people who show up to get it.
—Dianne Houston

Woody Allen has used this quote as well – I’m happy to have someone post it.

Bottom line – we have the perfect storm – it is what it is – but the outcome is what we make it.

Your call…

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