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When You’re Forced to Wait

If you’re waiting for someone to decide your fate, join the club! We can wait together.

I’m waiting to hear about a job. In September I started working as an Academic Strategist at a college (Stretching Yourself). I was grateful it was a temporary contract that would end on April 30 because I hadn’t had a “real” job for years. I loved the freedom of freelance writing and blogging while traveling in Ruby, my camper van. I wasn’t sure I’d like going to work every day. 

Not only could I hold down a real job, I discovered, I love it! The college, community, energy, people, location, benefits—it’s the best real job I’ve ever had. 

But it’ll be over in seven business days.

What I’m waiting for

I applied for three other positions at the college. The one I want least is no longer an option; someone else was hired last week. I was disappointed even though it really isn’t the job I want. 

The job I want second least doesn’t look promising, either. The closing date for applications was three weeks ago, and I haven’t been called for an interview. Evidently they narrowed it down to five applicants; I suspect I wasn’t one of them. Bummer.

But the job I want most! The closing date is Tues April 23, so I have to wait for that. I met with the woman who currently has the position—she’s going on a one-year maternity leave—because I wanted the inside scoop on her duties and responsibilities. The job sounds like a great fit for someone with my education and experience.

So I applied. And I wait. It’s hard.

Encouragement from a reader

Last week a reader sent me the following email. It was exactly what I needed to hear, and I hope it resonates with you, too. 

“I am a 75 year old woman living in an assisted living facility. Talk about a BIG adjustment. Have been here for almost 4 years, and acceptance to such a life was a hard pill to swallow. My mind fought a mighty battle against it for at least 2 years, and only recently have I truly come to appreciate the bliss of accepting the change in my life. Interesting things can come with assisted living. My message is that there are many changes in life. With help and friendship, we persevere.”

Instead of fighting a mighty battle, let’s accept life as it is. We have what we need to persevere—and to grow forward and blossom!

What are you waiting for? Please feel free to comment on Blossoming in the Waiting Place With Dr Seuss. Share your thoughts with us, so we know we’re not alone. 😊

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2 thoughts on “When You’re Forced to Wait”

  1. Welcome back MS laurie. Hope all is well with you. Life is full of surprises, but then there are no surprises. People are not who you thought they were, you’ll not even sure of who you are, so you find out who you are in times of trouble. The true you shows itself.

    Thank God for taking us thru. This journey. He’s all knowing, not us.

    1. Thank you, Sylvia! Life is pretty good here, but I am eager to get a new job and go back to work. You’re right about the true me showing herself – the good, the bad, and the ugly 🙂

      And you’re definitely right that God is all knowing. Not us. It’s both comforting and confounding.

      Take good care of yourself.


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