pinkslip.jpgTo be honest, I don’t know what I’d do if I wasn’t a journalist. I’ve done it for more than 20 years and spent most of my time before that dreaming about becoming a reporter. I’m not sure where I’d even begin if I had to leave my beloved profession.

I guess I would consider starting my own business, maybe a cafe or a book store. I always thought it would be great to start a little shop where people come in and I help them write letters. You know, old-fashioned letters, with paper and an envelope and a stamp. I would also offer coffee and a well stocked library where we could find great quotes and poems to include in those letters. The way I envision it would be people coming in needing my help. Maybe they’d need a love letter written or a note of apology.

Anyway, what got me thinking about this was all the layoffs in the mortgage industry. I’ve gotten quite a few letters from long-time mortgage employees who were either let go or hanging onto their jobs by a thin thread.

Many of them wondered what they would do next. Few had any clue.

I address the issue in my MSNBC.com column today.

It’s painful starting anew in your career but it also can be liberating. I say that only if you’re not teetering on financial ruin as a result of loosing your job. But if you got a nice chunk of change to leave the place, it might be a good time to go to the limits of your imagination and start something totally new, something you always dreamed you would do.

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