Words of Assurance?

“Not to bring up something upsetting, but when you leave here today, you may go through a period of unemployment. My suggestion is this: Enjoy the unemployment. Have a second cup of coffee. Go to the park. Read Walt Whitman. Walt Whitman loved being unemployed. I don’t believe he ever did a day’s work in his life. As you may know, he’s a poet. If a lot of time goes by and you continue to be unemployed, you may want to consider announcing to all appropriate parties that you have become a poet.” (John Patrick Stanley, playwright, in his commencement speech at the College of Mount St. Vincent, NY Time National section, June 14, 2009)

Granted, this made me chuckle…but then I am not a college student facing an uncertain future.


About Terri C Pilarski

I am an Episcopal priest serving a delightfully progressive, interesting, creative congregation. I have been married more than half my life to the same man. We have two grown children, plus two dogs and two cats, although the number of four legged household members changes from time to time. I love to garden, knit, read, and play on Facebook or with my blog. I have been a practitioner of daily meditation since I was nineteen. I practice yoga five days a week and walk every where I am able too.
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7 Responses to Words of Assurance?

  1. Jennifer says:

    I'd love to read the rest of this address. John Patrick Stanley rocks…

  2. Jennifer says:

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  3. Barbara B. says:

    It is kinda cute! 🙂

  4. altar ego says:

    As one who has lived through several periods of unemployment I can say, "ditto," to his suggestions. The only real downside to being unemployed is not having an income with which to keep debt at bay. That little niggler notwithstanding, periods of not working have been very fruitful times for me, and I really did enjoy the time perhaps a little too much.

  5. There are pearls of wisdom here . . . but it's hard not to be anxious in those circumstances.

  6. Jan says:

    Wonderful! I'm copying this and sending it to my son, who was layed off last week.

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