Thursday, February 5, 2009

How Starbucks saved one man's life and his story may change others

We have all had some particularly hard times in our lives. Some harder than others.


There are days where I'm sure that we have all felt that it just couldn't get any worse than it already is.


The Paisley and I just happen to be having one of those weeks. We just got word yesterday that the engine in the Paisley's Subie is done. So done that a burial is not even worth the time done.


The really hard part to swallow is that we still owe the bank on this gem of a car.


The up side to this is that for whatever reason or whatever we have done to change things in our lives, this really doesn't seem to be bothering us for the moment.


We are still able to carpool for another 11-12 months before her office moves. We still have my Bronze Bitch to get around in. We do have some kind of tax return coming back to us.


The point is that we have taken the higher road in this personal crisis and are not dwelling on it. Maybe that is what I should have been doing in my life all along. It hasn't been easy getting to this point in life either, but I'm glad I'm on my way there.


I don't want to make this a sob story about me. This is about a story that I just read on CNN's site about a gentleman in New York that hit the lowest point of his life and made it work. He recently wrote a book "How Starbucks Saved My Life" and it really said a lot to me about how we all have the power to change how we look at life and what it throws at us.

This man, Michael Gates Gill, lost it all: his wife, his health, his high paying executive job, his expensive home and probably his dignity in there somewhere. It just didn't get any worse than this.

Now I haven't read the book, but I read the CNN article as I mentioned before. On the day this man lost his job he happened into a Starbucks for his regular coffee and the manager asked him, by happenstance, if he'd like to apply since they were having a job fair. He figured why not. He didn't have anything to lose.

He does a bit of everything there it sounds like from making drinks to cleaning the loo. Not the kind of job you'd expect a six figure exec to be doing or enjoying and all for $10 per hour.

Of course along with writing a book about his experience he is also on a lecture circuit as well to speak about his last few years and how it changed his life for the better.

It's strange to think that things like this can happen to someone of his stature in life. The wealthy. The one living the extremely good life. I know people personally that are facing tough times and they either break apart or they work through it.

I think I'd rather be the latter.

I'm glad I read the article. I don't watch tv news because it's the same depressing crap every nite. At least when I read the news on line I can pick and choose what I read and avoid the depressing and disturbing.

This man's story made me feel better about the fact that losing the engine in the Subie was truly not the worst thing that can go wrong in my life. I'm not upset by losing that engine or by the fact that I'm not even sure where I will come up with the rest of the money for the work that needs to be done.

I do know that after reading the article and how Mr. Gill made his worst experience work for him instead of becoming a slave to it, I realised that I have been doing the same.............for the last year I have done some clearing of clutter out of my physical and mental life and it's working. It took this article to see that there is a difference from just over a year ago.

It feels great to be able to see the good side of life even if it does smack you in the back of the head like an older sibling when mom's back is turned from time to time.


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