CURRENT EVENTS IN MY LIFE cause me to find perspective in the example of Mika Brzezinski, the 42-year-old co-host of MSNBC's Morning Joe show. I was one of the 10,590 people who gave Mike five stars for refusing to lead with Paris Hilton as a top story on a morning when much more compelling stories needed coverage. Mika lost her job at CBS News in 2006 after a new management team cleaned house. At that time, she was on an upward trajectory towards 60 Minutes but all that changed. She says it was the biggest downturn of her career, emotionally and financially. She became a housemom for a while, discovered she still couldn't cook, and remembered the advice of a friend who told her that being let go was the best thing that could happen. So when her husband told her that it would be a good idea for her to reconnect to the job market before they all got sick from her cooking, she started a long slog through a year of job interviews that did not go well. She finally stuck herself back into the system, even when it meant taking a step backwards by being a freelancer doing 30-second news cut-ins on MSNBC. Then she met Joe Scarborough in the hallway at MSNBC and really hit it off. She was asked to join him on Morning Joe where she can say what she things, be her somewhat unorthodox self, have fun, and deliver a serious tone to reading the news.