Monthly Archives: August 2014

Help Wanted Sign

   As I have been attending to my medical appointments and errands, I have been seeing more and more Help Wanted signs. It is nice to see this. I know that most of these are minimum wage jobs, but they are jobs nonetheless. I just read in one of my financial periodicals that the average unemployment wait is now 32 weeks, down from its high of 47 weeks. 8 months is still a long time to go without a job, but it does seem to be better.

   Many companies are still “right sizing”, outsourcing and flattening their reporting structure. In some cases, this is moving jobs from one company to another. Departments are shut and the work moved to another company, either here or overseas. The retailers seem to be more confident and asking for help, hopefully that means people feel more at ease spending their discretionary funds. Schools and colleges reconvening probably has some affect as well.

   My son has a full time job where he works overnight. He has just found a part-time job that he can work during the day, about 16 – 20 hours per week. He currently lives with my wife and me, but this income will allow him to move out on his own. As anyone moving out on their own for the first time, it comes with both excitement and nervousness. I am sure that he is looking forward to the freedom of being on his own, making his own decisions and not worrying about the rules and expectations of others. Yet, there is a nervousness about being on your own, realizing that you are surrounded by your support system.

   I have tried to reassure my son that I am still here. I still want to support him, counsel him and be available for advice. I don’t want him to be afraid to put up a Help Wanted sign when he is unsure or just needs assurance. My son and I have already agreed to examine his budget and decide together what his best plans are for meeting his needs, wants and savings.

   Another reason I like seeing the Help Wanted signs is that even in my own employment, there are cuts planned. Even if I survive the cut, many of the people I care about will not. I am glad to see that jobs are starting to come back to our area.

   Hope all is well with you. Take care, stay well and be safe.


For most of us, the stress of work, home and life leaves us tired. Sometimes the stress leaves us exhausted. It is often hard to get motivated when the weight of the world seems so heavy on our shoulders. Stress and fatigue often accompany each other. Not only does stress cause emotional exhaustion but can cause physical exhaustion as well.

There are other reasons for feeling tired. Long hours can certainly make you tired. I often find that long hours of mental work is more tiring for me than long hours of physical work. At least with physical fatigue, you find being tired quite reasonable. However, when you working in front of a computer with stressing mental activities, you do not rest the same. Muscles rest and feel better, but the brain can go into hyper-drive and cause interrupted or unrestful sleep.

Of course lack of sleep can cause you to be tired. I find that lack of sleep is usually the culprit in my tiredness along with stress at work and home. Both medicines and medical issues can cause recurring or constant fatigue. I take medicines that cause drowsiness. I take these at night so those effects actually help me sleep. Chronic pain, like neuropathy or fibromyalgia, can interrupt sleep and cause one to be tired.

My son works an overnight shift and struggles with tiredness. Humans are naturally diurnal. We are naturally affected by the light of day. The dimness of evening actually triggers the release of hormones that help us to sleep.

I hope that you are not tired. I am not continually tired, and for that, I am thankful. But, it has been a long week with lots to do and lots more to do. Work is naturally stressful and home life can be too. Tomorrow, I will wake up, thank the good Lord that I woke up on the right side of the grass and start a new day. I hope that you have an incredible day and a wonderful tomorrow.