My desk calendar tells me that Spring starts tomorrow, March 20. Here in Chicago, Springlike weather graced our fair city most of this third week of March.
And, all the right signs — crocus and snow drop emerging from barren gardens, flowering shrubs starting to bud, robins and cardinals return, the kids down the block playing kick ball — are right outside my window.
From a non-meteorological perspective, Spring is a time for renewal, a time to reflect on what’s ahead. I’m taking stock of where my life and career have led since I launched my concerted effort to secure that next great position in public relations.
And, I’m energized.
During these past several weeks, I’ve had a tremendous opportunity to learn, progress and ultimately succeed. I continue to complete project assignments that help my small, but loyal, roster of clients meet their communications needs. I continue to have the luxury of learning about the next development in social media (these seem to surface weekly) and how it fits into public relations strategies and tactics. I continue to volunteer time to advance the Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) designation, which I am proud to hold. And, I continue to have the time to write this blog.
Mind you, I spend a large part of my day networking, “cold calling” targeted companies to seek out opportunities and responding to posted positions commensurate with my skills and career objectives. But I do it at my own pace. I have the luxury to delve into a new direction, as long as I meet my deadlines.
I’ve never for a moment considered myself “unemployed.” I’m maximizing an opportunity and poised to bring this advantage forward to the right company at the right time. We’re in daylight saving time, and I’m springing ahead.
One more thought involving “spring,” and again it will involve the verb.
Alexander Pope, a British poet and essayist from the early 1700s, wrote a much-quoted line, “Hope springs eternal.” This is a guy who overcame a lot: He suffered a disease that stunted his growth (he was not even five feet tall), and being Catholic, his family was ostracized and forced to live outside of London.
Yet, Pope overcame these and other challenges to become a literary giant in an era when authors were the rock stars and screen idols of the time.
I know I will overcome the challenges of today’s economy land a great new position. When? I don’t know. But I’ve got hope, drive and determination. And, it’s Spring.