Acknowledge and Move On

We all face difficult times and obstacles in our lives. Sometimes we have to go through them, sometimes we have to side step around them. What happens when we just do not know what to do? 

This is something I have learned to do and I want to share it with you. 

So, I am trying something a little different and would love to know what you think.

Hope you enjoy, if so, share with your friends and family.  If not, I am sure you will let me know in the “comments section” below.

Also airing this week on most of our PBS stations is my conversation with Lynda Obst, producer of Sleepless in Seattle and the breathtaking Interstellar. Lynda is a person who also knows how important it is to acknowledge and move on as you will experience through our conversation.

Have a great week,

Feel free to leave a comment by clicking on “comment” just below this post.

7 thoughts on “Acknowledge and Move On

  1. Your story is a classic example of two things:
    1. The best stuff comes from the least expected sources, and
    2. The simplest thing is the hardest to do.
    Another way of putting it — It is what it is. Acknowledge it for what it is, do not make it into anything more, and move on.
    Thanks for sharing the wisdom.


  2. Wow! – – – Good advice.
    Thank you Barry – for the reminder.
    Most of us “sweat the small stuff” and worry/get upset way too much – about nothing.
    When you die, will you think – Gee I wish I had more things to worry about?
    Shit happens – Acknowledge and move on.
    Life is too short and precious to do anything else.



  3. Very poignant comment about “acknowledge and move on.”. As an aerospace engineer, I've had 5 jobs in the past 2 years. Been laid off a few times, but had over 30 years without missing a paycheck. That's rare, nowadays, especially in engineering.
    I worked on the C-17, from when it was still a paper airplane up until 2012. Now the last of them is winding its way through the production shop. That's a story you should cover.

    But my real message is threefold:

    1) Every time I've been laid off or lost a job it's been a big step up in responsibility at the next job. Every time. And many times, a step up in pay as well.

    2) The job market today is working gigs, like a musician. You have to be ready at a moment's notice to move on and look for the next gig.

    For instance, I worked at a company that made control valves for satellites. Orbital Sciences was one of our biggest customers. When the recent Orbital launch lifted off at Wallops Island, got up about a hundred feet and blew up, 60 workers (mostly engineers) were laid off within a month. When we went to work the next morning after the launch failure, everyone knew the score. But everyone put their heads down and stayed working, even knowing some would get their notice.

    3) Accept anything that comes along, especially if you learn something new.

    I'm on my 6th CAD (computer-aided design) system, and had to learn any number of production systems. The hardest part is, just when I learn everyone's name, I've had to start all over again at a new place. I've worked with composites, titanium honeycomb structures, tooling, tech writing, among other tasks.

    I've learned to interview well and have a solid resume. Seasoned and experienced, I can jump into a new situation and hit the ground running. All from acknoledging, and moving on.

    Sorry for the long response. We've exchanged a few e-mails over the years, and I tell people if you ever want to see good interviewing in action, watch Barry Kibrick in Between the Lines.

    Thank You

    Glenn H


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