I got a chance to watch Conan’s last taping of The Tonight Show over the weekend. And, while it was funny, the best part were his words at the end. He challenged people to avoid cynicism, as it is ineffective and pointless. He capped it off with this:
Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.
The hardest obstacle to overcoming cynicism lies in tackling your own heart. That dark place where you hide your fears, your warts, your anger. To excise those negative, life-sucking areas is humbling, hard work. But the rewards are amazing. It’s not about changing people, but about changing how you see people.
Right now it is 5 degrees here in MI with the windchill factor. And I lost my job of 11 years last Friday afternoon. The only job I’ve ever had. The urge to give in to cynicism and anger is almost irresistible.
But the sun is shining, and it’s so cheerful. And I have amazing friends who have reached out to me with a word of kindness or encouragement. And I know that God is with me through this as well.
And, I’m Happy.
Really Happy. In spite of it all. I know there’s a tough road ahead of me in the MI economy. But I’m okay. I’m healthy. I’m loved, and I get to love people back. And there is coffee and chocolate in the world, so life is good.
I feel a new bond with Conan as we both lost our jobs on the same day. I mean, really, we’re practically kindred spirits now. Blood-siblings (except with out the gross blood part – unless you count the blood-sucking “Man” that did us both in!) So, call me Coco! We’ll chat and compare networking strategies and next steps. 🙂