Z is for Zeroable

zeroable – able to be omitted from a sentence without any loss of meaning  (Thanks again to the website phrontistery.)

I like this definition, as I’ve always liked spare, elegant writing a la Hemingway.  Speaking metaphorically, aren’t most of us zeroable, at least in our professional lives?  Most of us (small business owners and some CEOs excepted) are zeroable in the sense that if we quit, were terminated, or dropped dead, the organization would perhaps miss a beat or two, but then go right on functioning.  It’s easy to get caught up into thinking we are irreplaceable in our jobs, but that’s rarely the case.

The solution to being zeroable should be two-fold:

1) Don’t ever take your work situation for granted, as you can be replaced.

2) Have a different place in your life where you are not zeroable. Most people are irreplaceable to their families and close friends.  Make sure you cherish these relationships.

That’s it for the A to Z Challenge.  Now, back to less regular, but hopefully less zeroable posts! Image

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W is for Writing

The discipline of posting six days per week via the A to Z Challenge has made me realize that writing is like exercising.  You get better at it if you do it regularly, and you feel better after you make yourself do it.  After the end of the challenge, I doubt I’ll be posting daily, as some of my posts were definitely quantity over quality, but I’m glad I’ve done it. 

Well, almost – three more days to go!Image

V is for Veracity

In a weak moment, (shall we call it the thrill of the venator?) I applied for a position for which I don’t technically have all of the skills they want.  Even stranger, this company decided to interview me, so now I’m faced with a situation in which I need to balance the need to be truthful, yet focus on the skills I do have, without straying into vaniloquence.  As I’m not naturally volable in a stressful situation, I expect to come out of the interview feeling like I’ve been vapulated.  At least it’s only a phone interview!

Thank you to the website phrontistery for a source of obscure V words! 

  • veracity – truth
  • venator – hunter
  • vaniloquence – vain or foolish talk
  • volable – nimble-witted
  • vapulate – to flog or whip

U is for Uncertainty

This is a theme I’ve written about several times before.  One of the most difficult things about going through a life transition is the uncertainty about not knowing where you’ll end up.  Most people can adjust to new circumstances, but it’s maddening not being able to plan for the unknown.  Job hunting, like many other transitions, involves a lot of “hurry up and wait” circumstances. Image

For example, the end of the school year involves a flurry of events for parents to attend, after-school plays and sports practices, and other activities that take place within normal business hours.  All of which can be planned for, if one knows where one needs to be on a given day.

Contract jobs, I’m finding, often include the expectation that one is available almost immediately, which would require emergency substitutions of spouse, neighbors, and babysitters to cover short-term activities.  But, it is difficult to make contingency plans until and unless a position has been found.

I just have to keep chanting “it will all work out,”  “it will all work out.”

T is for Training

Image Not much time to post today, as I’m off to a training to be a financial coach, to help others manage their finances. (I think I’ve mentioned I’m a sucker for free training.) After the four-day training, I’ll be eligible to be volunteer coach.  However, the organization is hoping to get funding to add paid coaches in the near future, so it’s possible this could lead to a job at some point, albeit not a highly compensated one.  We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. It is a worthwhile cause in any case, and with my banking background, I’m hoping I can be of use.