I have been waffling back and forth about whether to seek another job or stay with the one I currently have. I prayed. I made my lists of the pros and cons of the present job. I assessed my level of “peace” in the job. I really cannot discern any red flags which suggest that I should exit this opportunity. Yet, I have this nagging “gut feeling” that I should move on. I only started the job at the beginning of this year. Everything, and I mean everything, is great. My boss is fantastic, kind, and an engaging person. I have the freedom to do the tasks that suit my skills and help my fellow colleagues as needed.
However (and I know you knew that the “however” was coming in this post 🙂 ) my gut is uneasy for some reason. What is even worse, today, I asked in prayer for a sign (in my experience when I ask for “signs” I get more than I bargain for and not always in a good way). I arrive at work (I work night shift). I chat with my boss as usual and what does she say. I paraphrase here: “Oh, we are considering reviewing your pay to give you a raise. It may take sometime, she continued, but I feel that we are not paying you at the right level for your skills.” Now what do I do with that! My goodness. How does this “sign” help me? 🙂 🙂
All this to say, always trust your gut and plan long term. In the short term things maybe looking up where I am in this job. However, my feeling is that in the very near future, for some reason, that is not yet clear, I may learn what this present uneasiness is about.
“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” – John Lubbock
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I have lived in some challenging places. I have lived in my car, in a shelter, behind a dumpster and in several apartments. I was reminded recently that each one of these places have developed my ability to survive in some pretty harsh (some of them) circumstances. There is a richness to being able to endure and to be able to look back with some clarity on how circumstances have shaped who you are becoming.
Sometimes we desire things in life but we do not realize the true cost. If we knew what it cost we would shrink from asking for, say, “strength,” for wealth, for patience and so on. But in all cases, in hindsight I understand, although not entirely, (because only God knows the full spectrum of why things happen), that each of my living circumstances, was in its own way… a happy place. I learned more about myself when I was forced to live behind a dumpster for a few days than I did living in an apartment. I learned that I am a survivor. Wherever life takes you –whatever place that may be– know that you are a survivor.
- Enjoy a cup of your favorite tea/coffee
- Curl up with a book or watch a movie
- Take a nap
- Chat with your best friend
- Walk barefoot in the grass
- Forgive yourself
- Think of ten things you are grateful for
- Do something for yourself
- Make up your own list of 10 ways to relax
Flowers can bloom in the most unlikely places. It is a reflection of the nature of life experiences. Life can offer many challenges. Some of those situations are enjoyable and easy to manage. Other experiences in life’s journey are filled with struggle. Know that you have what it takes to stand strong in difficult times.
You are confident and able to honestly and openly face life’s constraints. It is no secret that each day holds its stresses and strife.
When life’s challenge finds its way into your path look within for your strength.
Remind yourself that challenges are a natural part of life. These experiences create chances to learn important things that can help the future you. Look for the opportunity to grow through each challenge. Reach within you – you have the courage and confidence to face whatever troubles you.
Bravery rises to meet you when you seek it.
Your belief in your strength grows with every encounter. The true warrior that you are recalls past battles rejoicing that you have survived. They are in the past now. Those struggles are far behind you. And, the emotional stamina that they imparted help you live through the current situation with H-O-P-E
If everybody likes you– then you must be doing something wrong. When you stand up for something great, when you express faith, when you live by personal core values; Somebody somewhere will not like your point of view or how you live your life.
Take courage.. “be everything to You, not everything to everybody” – Lisa Liebman-Wang
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Water flows wherever it wants
nothing stands in its way forever
The dam confines the water’s flow
But once in a while
Flood waters overtakes it.
Life can bring deep challenges
But the force of faith, the water of life
Can breach the walls of despair
Flooding the heart with unspeakable joy
So things are a mess emotionally. You are being yelled at. People are saying things that are not true about you, or about those you care about. Perhaps this is not a way to upset your emotions but rather it is a test of your courage to stand firm in the face of adversity. Or it is perhaps a way for you to realize how much stronger you have become. Strong to the point that once hurtful words no longer have their sting. You don’t quite remember when those words stopped having their sting. In fact, it was this incident of “offense” that helped you to see that… you have come a long way. You are stronger, you survived… and you are thriving. You rock!
It occurs to me that oftentimes, what I seek, is right there in front of me. I keep searching for joy and peace. But, if I stop to think, instead of going around in this treadmill of life and its norms and expectations — I find that I really already have what I seek.
The rush of life’s daily activities sometimes clouds the ability to see, that we indeed do have what we seek and, what we desire.
Slow down. Take inventory, in gratitude, of what you already have. You might be surprised at the wealth of riches you own!