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Rejection


“Officially unemployed, but silently building my empire”

This is how I prefer to look at my days. Starting a small venture is not easy and I know I am still many a-roller-coaster ride away towards getting to a comfortable place. The ground is always shaky when one decides to pursue one’s passion.  You plan, you calculate, you spend sleepless nights turning ideas over and over, but you cannot truly anticipate everything.

Rejection becomes an everyday thing.  Some days you get just one; and on better days, it is all that you get (boo hoo!). You never get used to it, really – regardless how many times it happens. Each rejection is always a giant rock of salt rubbed coarsely on a fresh wound. Outreach is exciting, but the consequences can be brutal for a fragile soul.

Rejection from close proximity though is a surprising burst of enlightenment.  I realized that tides do change with the season. I needed to sit back and take stock of where I am. Will I let one surprising rejection define how I will move forward?  No. Not by the hair on my chinny-chin-chin.

Surprisingly, this little pocket of drama made me see that there are hidden blessings of realization tucked within its folds:

  1. I found people who see beyond the “brand” that I represent. True friends become truer friends when the waves are unabating.
  2. I connected with kindred spirits. Kind-hearted individuals who opened their doors nary a second thought.
  3. I discovered that even the most honest of intentions may be misinterpreted by those with misgiving hearts.
  4. I understood that “No” does not equate to “Give up”.
  5. I am made of stronger stuff than I give myself credit for.

Each one of us will go through a similar phase in our lives – those fortunate will perhaps not need to go through several cycles, but for many of us, rejection may seem to be the steady stream that is ever-present in every goal that we strive to achieve.  Each of us will figure out a way to deal with the multitude of emotions that a rejection brings forth, and still, each of us will survive even the baddest (sic), the bluest and the saddest days.

Rejection is not meant to discourage us. Rejection is meant to bring out the fire in your heart and drive you to forge ahead. Do not give up!

Keep pushing forward!

 

Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV

6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

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Unemployed

Unemployed
No one is ever unemployed

So, it’s been a while since my last blog post. Life happened, sorry.

I have been unemployed since February 2017 when the company I worked for downsized. I lost my 10-year job one fine Thursday morning.  I remember the boss trying to find the right words to break it to me while I was staring at the glorious bright blue sky outside the office’s giant windows and knowing that the Lord has answered my question of whether I should stay or move on. It was a day of mixed emotions – relieved that I did not have to tender my resignation, sad that I wasn’t brave enough to make the decision myself, and excited to find my self outside the limitations of the corporate world.

Being unemployed is a blessing not easily recognizable because it goes against the grain of what we consider as a blessing – that is, something that is conducive to happiness. Not having a steady source of income is definitely not going to give you happiness. But, looking beyond the paycheck, you will recognize the many layers of hidden blessings that come with that official “last-day-at-work”:

  • You begin to appreciate the smaller bills in your wallet. You become more cautious of spending that you now only spend for things that you really need or absolutely want. No purchases that end up piled with other “i-might-need-this-extra-staple-wire-remover-in-the-future” box. Only happy purchases happen.
  • You get to spend more time doing nothing –  and by nothing, I refer to activities you do that do not bring you stress – like over-sleeping by 10minutes or taking a full 20-song playlist bath time or just sitting at the coffee table with your mobile phone in hand.
  • You begin to discover what truly matters for you. Ran out of coffee beans? Instant coffee will do for a day.
  • You see your family off in the morning, and you are there to welcome them back when they return.  You are there to give them the warm hug they do not know they need until they get one.
  • You learn who your real friends are
  • You find out more about yourself and what you are capable of.
  • You spend more time talking to God. You call on Him because you need to know that He is looking after you. You call on Him so that you will feel comfort and confident that even if you are unemployed, He will be providing for you without fail.

Yes, I lost my job, but I did not lose my passion. In fact, since that fine Thursday morning, I have figured out that there is so much more that I can do. There’s so much to learn about my capabilities and my limitations – that it still catches me off-guard.  This is bound to be a journey that will be worth more than the 10-year stint in one place.

If you are going through a similar season right now, know that you are not alone. Much more, know that this is a season when you will see how the Lord is directing your path towards where He wants you to go and where you should be.  Keep the faith and keep moving forward!

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The Happiness Pill

My happy pills
I woke up woozy. I knew right away that this was going to be a day with vertigo round the bend, waiting to strike. I said my morning prayers and did my head exercises.  I showed my daughter where the medicines are, just in case I get way into it that I won’t be able to get my pills myself.

Day goes by smoothly though. I was even able to complete my planned work for today.  The light dizzy sensation gradually faded away like it was all a figment of my imagination. A phantasmagoria of sorts.

I did not need to take these cute little pills after all.  So wonderful to be ❤️ blessed ❤️ with a day of good health. 💪🏻

Life is good. Catch your blessings everyday! 😘

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Blessing Notes

There’s so much to be thankful for!
Everyday I wake up I am blessed and while I remember to say my heartfelt thank you to the Lord for another day, I do get consumed by the daily grind that I often take for granted the “little” things that come my way – those “positive stars” which I should be thankful for. 

This is what my blog is all about. 

Acknowledging the blessings that I come across with, as my day unfolds. My goal is to remind myself that no matter the challenges, the blessings will always outnumber them…and I hope that my little “blessing notes” will inspire you as you wiggle through your own obstacles and encourage you to look beyond the difficulties and appreciate the “positive stars” that fall along your path. 

Life is good. Catch your blessings everyday! ❤️