Ever been fired? I have. What’s good about it? Read on to get my thoughts in this week’s edition of “Isn’t That Ironic?”.
Words that everyone dreads, fears to hear, maybe dreams about. I’ve been fired. How about you? I’ve also been pushed out, eased out, sidelined, undermined, you-name-it. Both in jobs and in other organizations. I think it’s happened to everyone. It feels bad. Every negative emotion you can name comes rushing in. You feel useless, ignored, rejected, unappreciated, misunderstood, violated, accused, insulted, threatened, and lots more I haven’t thought of right now.
But in the grand scheme of things – in a spiritual sense – is it all bad? I don’t think so. In fact, I think it’s mostly good, we just don’t recognize it at the time. We usually think there’s something wrong with us, but more likely it just means we didn’t fit there. We need to go somewhere else. It’s time for us to seek something new.
For there are no beginnings without ending. A new door cannot open until an old door closes. We need to bid farewell to the old without remorse and greet the new with love. (That was also today’s post in my “Inspiration Instants” on social media. If you’re not getting them, just go to my Facebook page and follow me. https://www.facebook.com/Donald-Lee-Author-Speaker-107451400633288/?modal=admin_todo_tour)
All of us struggle to find our place, our mission, in the world. Sometimes we’re not alert enough to God’s gentle urgings in our hearts. Sometimes He has to get a bit more forceful in His guidance. Of course, God works through people, so we get fired by a person, not by God. I think it’s a sign we don’t fit there – that’s not the place for us to best fulfill our personal sacred mission in the world. We need to keep looking. We need to take that step that perhaps we felt in our hearts but didn’t have the courage to take by ourselves.
Every time I’ve been eased out, laid off, or fired, it’s led me in a new direction I would not otherwise have gone by myself. I see the hand of God in this. Others might just see luck, or happenstance, or some other belief we use to cover the unknown causes of life’s effects. In retrospect, I can see that the times I have reacted to these events with bitterness, the next opportunity was not much better than the previous one. When I have reacted with joy, hopefulness, and love – the next opportunity proved to be a door opening into a wonderful new world.
Even if it wasn't your choice, greet your new opportunity with love, joy, and hopefulness.
Turning the calendar over to a new year is a good time to think about new beginnings, and thus, endings. If “life” is forcing a change on you, greet it with love, joy, and hopefulness. Maybe it’s really the unseen hand of God guiding you to a better place – if you are willing to step out in faith. God speaks ever so quietly to our hearts. Follow your heart. Do what you’re good at. Be of service to others. You will find your own unique way to let the Light of God shine through you and into the world!
God Bless You!
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