When the worst finally came, we were relieved that the suspicion was over. Within two weeks, we’d all be unemployed. Our thoughts then shifted to – “What are we going to do?!”
As others were using their time wisely to job hunt within the last few days of employment, I decided to do the same. Visiting site after site. Completing application after application. It honestly felt like a few full days of real work.
Was I scared? Not at that moment. I’d been thinking a lot about this statement…all things happen for a reason. Leaning on the fact that something better had to be in store, I just needed to be in a mental place to receive.
During those final moments with that employer, I held onto a great attitude knowing that my next opportunity would soon be revealed. All I had to do was take action in the right direction.
I distinctly remember filling out an application for a job I really wasn’t interested in…thinking – do what you can, with what you have, and with where you are at this time. Because the layoff was so unexpected, the goal was to find a way to continue the flow of income until I could find something better.
Two weeks into my joblessness, I received a call to interview and take a test for one of those many positions I applied for. Not one of the more favorable one’s either. Inside, I felt as if accepting this interview was a career step in the wrong direction, but the consolation was that it would only be temporary. Continuous flow of income, remember?
I arrived at the interview with the great hope of doing my best. I was a little concerned about this assessment test I’d have to take, but didn’t let it get the best of me. I rested on this statement…What’s for me, IS for me.
I completed the test as fast and as accurately as I could. When the interviewer finally called me in to discuss my results and complete the interview process, instinctively I just knew it wasn’t going to be good. So again, I hoped for the best, but prepared for the worst.
“Well, unfortunately Mrs. Spears, you did not pass the assessment for that position,” she said as my heart sank. “BUT” as she continued, “I do have another position that I feel you would be better qualified for.” She then named the position.
At that point, I knew why I failed the assessment. The position she was going to offer me had not yet been advertised, it was a better fit for my background AND it paid a lot more.
So, I smiled and became very thankful for being in the right place at the right time.
Change is difficult. But being stuck (angry, bitter, etc) is worse. It closes your life off to all of the possibilities that are available. I recently read the following quote by Mike Dooley…“It’s time to stop hating your current situation. Accept what is – or better yet, love what is – so you can become a vibrational match to everything you desire.”
I often wonder what would have happened if I’d turned down the interview because the initial position wasn’t all that appealing. I do believe another door would have opened somewhere else, but it would have probably taken a bit longer and I would have missed experiencing that beautiful miracle.
In my life, this occurrence sits as a constant reminder to always take the time to appreciate wherever I am…to not let it pass me by without being aware of life’s magic.
Do you take the time to appreciate where you are?*
*Shhhh! I’m giving away a $25 Amazon gift card to one lucky person in the PFN Community. All they would have to do is share their answer to the question with other readers below in the comments to be considered. Will it be you?
Answers must be posted by Saturday, November 10th, 2012, 5 p.m. central
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