POll: How are you feeling today?

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“How the heck are you doing?”

I asked an acquaintance whom I hadn’t seen in a while.

He appeared outwardly optimistic but in a fatalist kind of way. Further discussion revealed that he was indeed somewhat worried about his job security with the local newspaper.

“They say it’s the worst economic downturn this generation has ever seen” he said, confirming my impression that he was preoccupied about something.

But this reaction was the exception. Often times if I meet someone and I introduce the subject of the current economic troubles they tend to clam up. It becomes obvious that they’d rather talk about something else.

Anything else. It’s making it difficult to get a good grasp on how people are coping.

Last week GM in Oshawa Ontario permanently closed its truck plant after 60 continuous years of operation. 2,500 workers
lost their jobs. Chrysler is set to axe a raft of dealerships in the US and GM will soon follow that action here in Canada.

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Going by feel.

I stumbled on a tweet by yaslani in Twitter awhile ago.

It was heart-wrenching.

She was worried about her co-workers who were just informed today by the company they work for that their services were no longer required.

I don’t know Yaslandi.

Never met her.

She’s thousands of miles and three time zones away at least. Wouldn’t know her if she walked up to my front door and knocked.

But, after reading her blog post, if she did rap on my door I’d probably invite her in for a nice cup of tea. She seems like that kind of person.

These days a lot of office workers like Yaslani are suffering from persistent panic attacks about their own jobs let alone having to feel bad about the misfortunes of their comrades.

But I can understand her mindset.

She, like myself, is an artist and artists always feel things.

After all for an artist to feel things, and then to express them in whatever medium they can, is their job.

I think she’s got a great future in it too.

I think that’s the job she should stick with.