Most days, I feel incredibly empowered.  I have this great job that allows me to share information with you.  I suggest stories, I write stories, I’m involved in the creative process for one of the top-rated local news programs in Charlotte.  I meet incredible people.  I can help people see the world in a new way.  I can help to spark change.  I love my job.  I love my life.  I know how blessed I am.

But for a moment today, I’m angry at the economy – and how we got here.  I know that’s irrational.  And emotional.  And a waste of time.  I won’t stay here long.  But the unemployment rate is hitting home (again).  And I feel completely powerless.

My friend Mike Redding’s last day at WCNC was last Friday.  People in this market have known him as “The Carolina Traveler.”  In this new “between jobs” chapter in his life, this incredibly gifted, talented writer and storyteller is sharing his daily moments in a way no one else could.  Like so many of the television stories he’s written over the years, his blog is making me laugh and cry at the same time.

Here’s the link:  Yes.  “Stop and smell the people.”  It’s one of his favorite phrases.

I’m done ranting, now.  There’s breaking news.  Go read Mike’s blog.  And smell the folks around you.  Say something nice.  Be empowered.  Give to your favorite charity.  Do something.  People need you.