It's been over 2 weeks since my last posting. I'm feeling a little guilty about that since the world of work is in a bit of chaos these days and there is much call for encouragement. I've had "blog posting" on my to-do list for the past several days, and I've got a loooong running list of ideas of things that MUST be said, but I'm human and I can only do what I can do in a given day. What I have been busy with? A mixture of the following:
- Helping a client implement a reduction in force.
- Encouraging my DH who is being "reorganized" - whether it comes down to actual job loss will not be clear until March.
- Providing care for my DH who was playing basketball to blow off the stress of being "reorganized" and tore his Achilles tendon in half. He had surgery and is now home recuperating with his leg elevated. He'll be on crutches for 6 weeks before he can put weight in it again.
- Providing care for DS who caught a flu bug.
- Providing general mothering support and encouragement for DD who is in the midst of that part of the year where school basketball and club soccer overlap so she is tired, and sore, and cranky all the time and needs food and backrubs to get her through Latin and algebra each night. Oh - and a trip to Justice (the store for girls!) for their 40% off sale was also necessary!
- Meeting individually with each member of my doctoral committee to try to pinpoint my dissertation topic.
- Roaming the aisles of the liquor store in the evenings trying to find Luigi Bosca Malbec - 2005 because Wine Spectator says it has "brute force" and that sounds like a red wine I would enjoy!
So rest assured, the Career Encourager will be back with vital information you need to have a great career even in this tenuous economy. In the meantime, I leave you with this very encouraging poem that a friend sent me:
I CHOOSE LOVE...
No occasion justifies hatred;
no injustice warrants bitterness.
I choose love.
Today I will love God and what God loves.
I CHOOSE JOY...
I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance.
I will refuse the temptation to be cynical... the tool of the lazy thinker.
I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God.
I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God.
I CHOOSE PEACE...
I will live forgiven. I will forgive so that I may live.
I CHOOSE PATIENCE...
I will overlook the inconveniences of the world. Instead of cursing the one who takes my place, I'll invite him to do so.
Rather than complain that the wait is too long, I will thank God for a moment to pray. Instead of clenching my fist at new assignments, I will face them with joy and courage.
I CHOOSE KINDNESS...
I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone.
Kind to the rich, for they are afraid. And kind to the unkind,
for such is how God has treated me.
I CHOOSE GOODNESS...
I will go without a dollar before I take a dishonest one.
I will be overlooked before I will boast.
I will confess before I will accuse.
I choose goodness.
I CHOOSE FAITHFULNESS...
Today I will keep my promises.
My debtors will not regret their trust. My associates will not
question my word. My spouse will not question my love.
And my children will never fear that their parent will not come home.
I CHOOSE GENTLENESS...
Nothing is won by force. I choose to be gentle.
If I raise my voice may it be only in praise.
If I clench my fist, may it be only in prayer.
If I make a demand, may it be only by myself.
I CHOOSE SELF-CONTROL...
I am a spiritual being...
After this body is dead, my spirit will soar.
I refuse to let what will not, rule the eternal.
I choose self-control. I will be drunk only by joy.
I will be impassioned only by my faith.
I will be influenced only by God.
I will be taught only by Christ.
I choose self-control.
Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
To these I commit my day.
If I succeed, I will give thanks.
If I fail, I will seek his grace.
And then, when this day is done,
I will place my head on my pillow and rest.