Nov 16, 2010

Relief

It's crazy to think this time a year ago, the mister didn't have a job. We were just starting to understand what that meant financially, and had no idea what that would mean emotionally. We struggled. We stressed. We learned to hope. We realized what was important to us (each other, family, the ability to talk in your sleep make each other laugh), and what wasn't (stress, worrying about money, and being enough).

And just when I thought I was at my wit's end...the clouds parted, and Ben found an amazing job that fits him and that he loves. I am thankful. Every day. Thankful for the opportunities he has there, thankful for the friendship he's created with his boss, but most of all thankful for his job.

It's hard. Unemployment (especially when not by choice!) is harder than I ever imagined it to be. I'm grateful Ben and I made it through with our sense of humor and love for each other somehow stronger than ever.

Have you ever had to deal with unemployment for an extended period of time? How did you cope? Did you have support? What are you thankful for today?

P.S. I know there are people still struggling with this. Hang in there!


(Photo: Walking Around)

7 comments:

Diana Mieczan said...

That is so beautiful. I am thankful for the fresh and cool air this morning and the amazing people around me:)
Happy Tuesday,sweetie

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I left my job at The Psycho Experiment before I had something else secured. So it was my choice to be unemployed, but if I didn't leave TPE, who knows where I would be today (like maybe I would have had a nervous breakdown!). I was only unemployed for 3 weeks and from day one, I was fairly certain that I would be able to get a job with my previous employer. But it wasn't a guarantee, so I know the feeling of stress. It was tough because I am a single income household, so I didn't have anyone to lean. yes, my parents probably would have helped me out if I needed them to, but I didn't want to be the 29 year old, asking mom and dad for help... So it was a time of my life where I felt a great sense of shame. It's taken me awhile to get over that experience - and I don't know that I am fully over it, even now that I have a job and my career is back on track.

But I am thankful that I was able to return to my previous company!

Whoa - rambling comment!

Nora said...

Fortunately I have not experienced this but I do have friends who have and it's such a tough thing to watch them deal with.

What I'm grateful today? Scarves that give me warmth on this cold, dreary day. And the fact that I do have a good, stable job!

Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

Ugh. Yes, I know the feeling all too well! It sucks to have one person unemployed in a relationship - for both parties. Even with Eric going to school now, it's really hard on our lifestyle to only have ONE income. On the bright side, at least Eric has school to occupy his time so he's not all down and depressed about doing nothing all day.

Stevie said...

Oh yes. From 2008 until now has been quite a struggle for me. I've been laid off 3 times and have been totally and utterly broke. My unemployment is what finally kicked my butt into gear to get back to school. It's still a struggle financially because I'm only working part time, but my tuition is covered by financial aid and have a slight cushion in my bank account.

But I know there are people out there who have it far worse. I'm so glad that you have such a stable job and that Ben found one, too!!!

Mandy said...

One of the hazards of working for a job based on federal funding is never knowing if the funds are going to come through year after year. Its scary. I keep searching for a more stable position, here's hoping I find one soon!

Angela Knoll said...

I have spent more time unemployed than employed. It's incredibly frustrating but as a Christian, it drives you to your knees to seek God's provision and purpose for your life. I want to make it all about me but it's really not. That's what I learned through my MANY episodes of being without a job.

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