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Working in a recession

I was chatting with a friend, over lunch today, when it suddenly hit me – No, not the glass of water!

We are the fortunate few – those of us who have hung on to our jobs – as we have seen friends and coworkers lose theirs and heard of many others from friends and family and on the news.

We have all been feeling it for some time now, this heaviness in the air. A not so distant dread that moves like a little black rain cloud, looking for someone on whose parade to rain. Having lived through a couple of recessions and a corporate merger, I have now figured out the analogy that captures this feeling.

The quote is from “The Princess Bride” and Westley is relating his experience on the Dread Pirate Roberts’ ship. As the Dread Pirate Roberts tells Westley each night,

“Good work. Sleep well. I’ll most likely kill you in the morning.”

Now we have the phrase that sums up the feeling. We go to work and we do our best with the full knowledge that we could be just like so many others in the blink of an eye.

If you have not seen “The Princess Bride” (GASP!) or it has been too long to enjoy the reference, forget the milk this week and go rent a movie.

To borrow another quote, “Good night, and good luck.”

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  1. 9 April 2009 at 03:18

    Good analogy, The Princess Bride is one of my favourite films and you’ve summed up the spirit of an age with this post.

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