A wonderful reminder of God’s grace and love!
What are you doing today to add value? Remember, even without a ‘regular job’ you are interviewing wherever you go during your Accidental Sabbatical.
The dress code in my office is business casual, but every once in a while I like to wear a tie. You know…look good, feel good…dress for the job you want, not the job you have…all that good stuff. Actually, there are times I just like to dress up for no special reason. But whenever I do, invariably I hear the same wisecrack from one or more team members: “Why are you all dressed up? Got a job interview today?” My response is always the same: “I interview for my job every day!”
Although I say that somewhat jokingly, there is an element of truth I’m trying to reinforce with my team—every day you show up to work is an interview for your job. In today’s economy you have to continually demonstrate to your employer how you’re adding value to the organization. I’m not talking about approaching your job from a state of fear…
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Wow! These same truths so apply to this transitional journey as well.
I saw this on Kay Warren’s facebook page and something in it deeply resonated with my soul. May I learn to trust that He truly is the keeper and protector of my beating heart and my every moment. May I believe Him at face value for His face is all I want to see. May I be still and know, TRULY know Him. I hope this blesses you today as it blessed me!
Lessons from Dementia
My 90-year old mom is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, and while she has good days, she has some moments in which she doesn’t know where she is, isn’t exactly sure what is going on around her, and leans heavily on me for support –mentally, physically and spiritually.
The disease is always in a progressively downward motion, and we have had move her to the memory care unit of the assisted living facility…
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Are you one of those rare people who have never been out of work?
You have always had a job or could always get one easily.
Nursing is one profession that I can think of where this applies. Maybe it is that way in any area of the medical industry. At least for now.
Two different nurses have read Accidental Sabbatical and given me feedback. One woman said that it humbled her, because she had never known how it feels to be unemployed… her husband had been out of work and while they had worked through it together, she had never really known how it affected his psyche and self-esteem. The second woman really had no frame of reference to relate, so she could be sympathetic, but was unable to really be empathetic.
What is the difference? Here is how Diffen.com explains it:
Empathy is the ability to mutually experience the thoughts, emotions, and direct experience of others. It goes beyond sympathy, which is a feeling of care and understanding for the suffering of others. Both words have similar usage but differ in their emotional meaning.
Is there another occupation that does not know what unemployment feels like?
What do you do to better empathize with someone facing a challenge you never have faced personally?
If you are out of work (or know someone who is) and need inspiration, my new book, Accidental Sabbatical, is written for you. http://amzn.to/1oHqa5v
Can you share something to inspire other job seekers on their journey? A quote? A verse? A tip that you’ve picked along the way? If you can, please do!
My verse this morning was Psalm 90:2 (NLT):
Before the mountains were born, before you gave birth to the earth and the world, from beginning to end, you are God.
Yep, needed that reminder that He is God. I am not.
Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing the monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward. ~ C.S. Lewis
It seems that every closed door carries some pain with it, even if it’s only a small sting of rejection. As I work through the recovery from a rejection, I look for open windows… for something positive, something good and inevitably another door opens.
I’m realistic enough just to keep on walking through the doors God provides. Those new open windows and doors are more surprises of hope.
Please see the new page set up to provide a place for sharing… ideas from readers of Accidental Sabbatical on anything about the job search you wish to share that will help us all to stay encouraged, get interviews or offers… or just to smile and be thankful for today.
Please only post helpful and positive thoughts! It’s a tough enough road as it is. I look forward to learning from you!
It is not the employer who pays wages — he only handles the money. It is the product that pays wages.
~ Henry Ford
Will it be just a vacation or an Accidental Sabbatical?
Are you unemployed or do you know anyone who is?
Millions of us have been thrown into an Accidental Sabbatical due to unemployment. We find ourselves on this journey for many different reasons – in my case, as a trailing spouse. Some people have been casualties of downsizing or rightsizing or corporate politics. Still others have been left behind in a divorce, or widowed. Some have even been forced into retirement long before they would have chosen it.
There is no ‘how to’ manual for being unemployed, there is no scientific formula for a job search. However there are definitely things you can do to improve your life, meet new people, and enjoy the journey. It may not have been your choice, but it is a sabbatical after all.
Maintaining hope is the toughest part of the assignment for me, so when I heard Kay Warren speak about her Hope Box, I created one for myself, filling up index cards with scriptures and inspirational thoughts and keeping them in a small box labeled ‘Hope’. These surprising gifts sustain me daily and cover many areas… among them: hope, perseverance, change, significance, provision.
This book offers hope and inspiration, ideas and resources gathered from the lessons learned during my Accidental Sabbatical. The goal is to encourage and help us all survive and thrive as we figure out how to be, where to belong and what to do.
As you read, you may find that your sabbatical might not be so accidental after all.
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