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Friday, January 21, 2011

Beating the "Out of Work" Blues



Beating the “Out of Work” Blues


            Right now I know several people out of work.  It would be hard to live in our Metro Detroit area without encountering someone who’s lost his/her job in the past couple of years, and we all recognize the strife, turmoil and instability this can cause.
It’s one of life’s more difficult challenges, for sure.
            I find that it’s easier to cope with adversity if we can find meaning and purpose in it.  When we can do that, we can often emerge stronger, wiser and more fulfilled.  Personally, adversity has always been my impetus to learn more about myself, my world, and the power within me.  It has also driven me to make new choices or decisions, which I wouldn’t have considered before. In short, it has always made me a better, more improved version of myself.
            My experience has shown me that there’s a God-Force or higher power, which resides within each of us. This miraculous energy can help us through absolutely anything and everything!   When we touch upon this amazing force, we realize that everything we need in order to create safety (in this case employment and/or financial security) is at our fingertips.  The mind is our gift from this Divine source and is the most powerful instrument we have.  Why not use it to our greatest advantage?
            Our minds are capable of choosing thoughts that create good feelings and good outcomes, while discarding those that create the opposite.  Therefore, with the help of this God-power, we can discover wonderful ways to use our minds that provide us sustenance and propel us forward.  When coping with job loss and the ensuing search for employment and peace of mind, I’ve found that the following “mind tools” to be immensely beneficial!
            First, why not change your view of our situation and look upon this as an opportunity?  Instead of thinking that you’re a failure or a loser for being laid off (or fired), let’s consider other options.  Maybe you didn’t like this job anyway and the Divine, in its infinite intelligence, is creating a work situation that uses your talents and gifts more effectively or enjoyably.  Or perhaps you haven’t really liked the people you’ve been working with, and you’re being moved into a friendlier environment where there are people with whom you have more in common, or with whom you’re supposed to work for some reason.  Maybe you’ve always worried about having enough money; now you’re being asked to trust and know that you will be led to prosperity, in order to learn the truth that you really are abundant, if only you will believe it.  Could it be that this challenge will make you more courageous and strength-filled?  Or, might this be happening so that you can later help others in the same position?
            Secondly, you can stay in the present moment without continuously worrying about your future.  You can rope your mind into the NOW, and take this one day, one hour, or one minute at a time.  You can handle this in small increments.  You don’t have to solve everything right here and right now.
            Thirdly, you can refuse to quit!  You can always scream, stomp your feet or cry your tears, but you can choose to keep on keepin’ on, to continue to send out resumes, connect with people, make contacts where possible, and believe in possibilities!
            Lastly, you can accept your situation with grace and gratitude for what you do have.  You can choose to look for and be thankful for all the good you see in your life, and remember that “spring always follows winter;” this condition is only temporary.  You can remind yourself often that you’re not alone – that there are others who are facing similar circumstances and you can find them and talk with them if you want.  And you can remember that others have gone through this before and come out of it all the wiser.
             There’s a reason for everything that happens.   Trust that something amazing will emerge from this, and that soon you’ll be able to look back with greater understanding, knowledge, empowerment, and peace.
           







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