There is a banker somewhere…

Search For The Hero (sang by M People)

Sometimes the river flows but nothing breathes.
A train arrives but never leaves.
It’s a shame.
Oh life – like love that walks out of the door,
Of being rich or being poor.
Such a shame.
But it’s then, then that faith arrives
To make you feel at least alive.
And that’s why you should keep on aiming high,
Just seek yourself and you will shine.

You’ve go to search for the hero inside yourself,
Search for the secrets you hide.
Search for the hero inside yourself
Until you find the key to your life.

… who will follow the advice of M’s people and turn his life around. He will probably be forced into bankruptcy and will lose everything – his home, his cars, his boat, his private plane, or perhaps helicopter and even, perhaps his wife, if she was just a “good times” girl. And vice versa for a female banker although women don’t go mad over their “toys” the way men do!.

But he won’t let all this affect his inner self. Perhaps he may be a Buddhist without even knowing it. Or a Jew, or a Christian, or even an atheist. But one thing he will believe in will be himself. He will pick himself up by the bootstraps, and get on with his life. Suicide will not be an option. Wallowing in self pity will not be an option. Alcohol will not be an option. But, alas, he will be one in a hundred, or perhaps only one in a thousand.

You, dear reader, may not be in the banking business but now is a good time to contemplate which sort of person you are. Let’s face it, jobs are not only going to be difficult to get in the trying times which face us, but they are going to be equally hard to keep. Your boss is already contemplating replacing you with someone only too willing to accept a lower salary. Don’t let that happen.

Tomorrow when you go to work, go with a changed attitude. Work more diligently, work harder, smile at your boss, no matter how beastly he really is. Do you struggle in traffic? Get up a little earlier and travel in before the rat race does. Decades ago I used to work in a Gold Mine company in the City of London. I used to get in an hour earlier and buy a newspaper and read it in a nearby café over a cup of coffee and was always on time. Missed the crowds on the Underground and was bright and cheerful by the time I walked through the doors. I felt oh, so superior, over my colleagues who were all bleary eyed and rushing in ten minutes late. When the redundancies were announced, I was assured of my position.

Remember, as I said in my previous post, job losses will not be restricted to the financial world, so before you gloat on the misfortunes of your fellow man, rather spend time ascertaining whether this will spread to your own sector. There is a very simple question to ask. Put yourself in the shoes of someone working in a bank. These are bank directors, bank executives, bank clerks, bank secretaries, counter staff, bank cleaners, and ask yourself…

… do they spend money in the sector I work in?


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