Best known (in my mind) for the wonderful Buc-ee’s billboards, Houston-based STANANDLOU Advertising is closing after 22 years in business. A graphic (internet billboard) on their site states that they’ve been “economied.” It’s a shame, their work was very good.
In the last couple of weeks I’ve been hearing from friends and colleagues about how last year impacted them, and STANANDLOU is just one more example of that. Freelancers telling me that they’re suffering financially (and professionally), people being laid off and unable to find jobs, and business still seeing drops in workload. Very few have told me that they have enough work. Fewer still are saying that they are thriving.
Just this week I put in my selection for my furlough days in my day job. Not fun, but at least I’m still employed.
And yet I am determined to proceed into 2011 with hope for improvements. I cannot accept that everything is dismal and will remain dismal. I cannot accept that there isn’t a possibility for me to be one of the people who says things are “great” when asked how things are today.
Anyway, that’s my Pollyanna moment of the day. And I leave you with my favorite recitation, the Serenity prayer (no, I’m not an alcoholic):
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.