|Posted on 6 February, 2011 at 10:47|
When Bill Withers released "Lean On Me" in April 1972, he was addressing personal feelings and morals, rather than anything going on in the country like poverty, Vietnam or Watergate.
In the 39 years that have passed since his song rose to #1, unemployment has risen from 5.7% to 9%. The numbers themselves are not startling but the feelings of the unemployed have certainly changed.
Back then, a job seemed within reach. Today, the jobless are unemployed longer, with more financial pressures and little hope that jobs will be created fast enough.
As we turn to a new month in 2011, it's important to remember that we don't need to isolate and be alone in facing our challenges. One of our regular contributors, Linda Miller of 2 Young 2 Retire in Minnesota, believes it's time to help one another...lean on one another...ask for help from one another. Boomers especially.
This Friday on JobTalkAmerica, Linda will talk more about "Lean On Me", not the music, but what it means for today's hopelessly unemployed. Boomers who have a unique story of working their whole lives and now face an uncertain present and future. Her interview will help wherever you are...whatever you're going through. I promise.
Back in '72, Withers first came up with the phrase "Lean On Me" and from there, he filled in the words to the rest of the song.
Maybe that's what we need to do today. Start with the premise that we need to lean on one another. And have faith that the rest of our story, our journey and our next careers will be easier to fill in from there.
February 6, 2011