by Geri Mason
We have all heard of writer’s block, but even though I’m a long time writer, I first experienced it this week after being laid off. After my company downsized, I could not find a positive message in my soul. No matter how hard I tried, I allowed myself to believe that I had nothing to write about. I was still smiling and skipping around with a zest for life about everything else, so why couldn’t I write?
Time on your hands may bring the answer!
My favorite affirmation in times of stress is, “Nothing is lacking and nothing is broken.” While updating my resume and making a flyer advertising my care-giving services, I recited this several times. Even though I’d been laid off, I continued to go about my daily life as though nothing has changed, because in essence, God had not changed.
A few days later I received a magazine addressed to the person who used to live in my apartment. When I glanced at the title, Notre Dame Magazine, my first thought was, I am not interested in looking at a college magazine. Under normal circumstances I would have never picked up that magazine again. But the front cover had the word God written across it in all caps with a picture of the world inside the letter “O.” So I decided to put the magazine in my reading pile.
One day while I was eating my banana pudding, I picked up that magazine and started reading.
I was moved by one woman’s honesty about her search for a relationship with God. She talked about having everything yet feeling that something was missing, and the times when she wanted to experience what others felt because of their religious beliefs. I found myself opening up.
Reading her words, I understood that we need to be careful about what events we discount in our walk of life. As I thought back over my actions since I was laid off, I realized that God had continued to add to my life. God had been there all along and had not changed. A day is like a thousand years in His eyesight. The agency I worked for no longer had a job for me, but God did. I was still self-employed as a caregiver, so that was a blessing.
Then, a few days later, after I put up my new flyer, I received a call immediately. It was a small cleaning job that turned into something more. When I got there, the client clearly needed more work done than I had planned on. My heart would not allow me to leave things undone so I cleaned more space than he requested. He was very pleased and paid me more. He also plans to call me back to help him. Later I also received a call from a dear friend who needs help with her aunt for the weekend. With my attitude and upbeat spirit, I got opportunities and watched my checking account go up. I truly believe that my positive outlook on life played a part in those things happening.