Monday, August 31, 2009

Unemployment: The good, the bad and the ugly

Maze update: In April, I found my dream job. Little stress, lots of creativity, great boss and coworkers, and an energizing atmosphere. What a relief.

In August, I found out that I don't get that job back (at least for now...can you see my eternal optimism shining through your monitor?)

Bummer. Big Bummer. Such a big bummer that for a week or two it felt like the universe had dumped a whole load of moldy cheese on my head. So, I did what any self respecting girl would do: I hopped on a plane and went to visit a friend- a friend who despite some crazy hard life circumstances, has always been an inspiration to me. And when that fails, she hits me over the head with a frying pan.

I came back with a new additude (and a bit of a headache). Sure, I'm still really sad about losing my job (or, as the HR lady put it, my contract wasn't renewed. The witch!).

But I am trying to use this opportunity to deepen my faith, and appreciate how much I have to be grateful for. I know it sounds cheesy, but it really is true.

One thing I keep hearing alot from people (its a major cultural flaw that we just can't resist giving advice to people who we think are in a tough spot) is "everything happens for a reason". Its an incredibly annoying thing to hear, but even I have to admit its probably true.

As a good friend told me, we are given many challenges, but we are always given the blessings to overcome them.

So the maze-ism for the week is: when you reach a dead end in the maze, look up. Odds are there's something pretty up there.