Most often, I pick up a pen and paper or start pounding away on the keyboard and let everything out. The words seem to flow, almost to the point of overflowing.
I find “words of another” that say everything I wanna say but can’t seem to muster up on my own… whether it be through quotes, verses or music.
But, there are some times in which I am quite simply at a loss for words.
Recently, I was forced to face a situation I never thought I’d have to experience… losing my job. (Gah! I shudder when I say that…) It was a surprise; It was a shock; it rocked my world.
Words ceased to exist….
In my mind I could only think… “It’s not fair.”
SINCE WHEN HAS LIFE EVER BEEN FAIR???
If life was “fair” my parents wouldn’t have lost their first child at such a young age… If life was “fair” my step-dad and many others would still be here with us not watching over from above… If life was “fair” then little girls like Caylee Anthony would still be here… If life was “fair” homelessness wouldn’t be a problem in our society neither would war or cancer.…
I could continue to go on, but you know you’ve been there… saying that something
As of May of this year, the unemployment rate in the US is at 9.1% according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. Clearly, I am not alone. Yes, I lost my job… but so have many others. Some that have families to support, some that are individuals such as myself. The manner in which it happens is different… downsizing, bankruptcy, whether the reason is true or not, or just because it’s time to move in another direction; whatever the reason, it doesn’t make it easier to hear…it doesn’t necessarily sit well.
Here’s the thing though… it’s only been a little over a week and I know that it will be ok. I am ok. I will be ok.
I was blessed to have met some amazingly wonderful people through my 8 years there. Some phenomenal kids and families and terrific co-workers and staff; some of which that have become my friends and will continue to be a part of my life; some that will no longer be a part of my life anymore and I am ok with that too.
What I’ve lacked in words I garnered in emotions… I’ve been through the gamut a few times and back again. From anger, hurt, sadness and betrayal to contentedness, happy, jovial and just plain old okay to numb and disbelief.
Yet, words still escaped me… Trying to describe the roller coaster of emotions just wasn’t possible… at times, it’s still not. In talking with those closest to me, they too struggled to find the words… Words that would make me feel better, words of encouragement, of support and understanding, of empathy or sympathy.
Usually, I would turn to writing or listening to my music, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. Really couldn’t put my finger on any one thing that would make things seem a bit better or help me to channel all the emotions I was feeling.
There were 2 days where I listened to not one song…. I didn’t write one word….
Soooooooo….. NOT…… ME……
Until a very dear friend of mine shared this with me.
I sat at my dining room table… chatting with my friend…listening to this song… tears streaming down my face.
Really?!? Wait am I waiting for???? This is MY time…. My time to move on to BIGGER and BETTER things.
Which was something I was afraid to do; if I was honest with myself I would have realized this much sooner.
My words slowly started to return to me…
I then received this song…
The tears began rolling down my face again as I realized these words and the words of the previous song were the exact words that I was searching for and needed to hear.
I am so incredibly lucky to be surrounded by so many wonderful people… I’ve been overwhelmed with the amount of support, love, warmth, prayers, well wishes and listening ears I have been blessed with. From family and friends in the “here” world to those in my “far” world as well as my blogging friend circle, words can’t express how truly thankful I am to have you in my life. With your help, I am coming out of this a better person; you’ve helped me to find the words.
I can hold my head high knowing that I’ve done right in my life… I’ve made a difference in people’s lives… I have accomplished many things that I am proud of. This my friends has just given me a push to do even better things.
Now taking the steps to move on with my life… moving forward into new adventures that promise to be bigger and better than any I’ve ever experienced before.
I received one final song from my friend…
Upon hearing I just sat at my dining room table, shaking my head.
Now, at a loss of words because I had found my words… Or more accurately, my friend GAVE me the words. Everything that I was feeling, thinking, needed to hear and needed to be reminded of were just passed along to me by my friend.
I am reminded that while yes, this situation is not ideal, it could be worse. I do still have a roof over my head and even if I have to leave my home I do have somewhere else to go. I do have my health for the most part. I have family and friends that love me, support me and pick me up when I’m down.
I have people who listen when the words are overflowing…. I have people who love me for who I am not what I do… I have people who believe in me no matter what… I have people who care for and support me in ways that I never thought possible from all over the WORLD (for reals?!? How cool is that!?!).
I have people that GAVE me the words I was searching for… For that, I am ever so grateful.
So I am looking forward; no looking back. The road ahead is sure to be bumpy, but I know that I have the best company at my side and in my heart, along the way.
I don’t know just yet where I am going or what I’m going to do… (there are a couple promising prospects on the horizon my friends 🙂 ) Yet, I do know that with the support and love of those closest to me and His grace guiding me, I will come outta this on top.