life, optimism

Joining the Ranks …

… of the statistically unemployed.

Even in the darkest of nights, lights can be seen. ~ Lori DiNardi
Even at night, some semblance of light illuminates the landscape enough to find our way. ~ Lori DiNardi


Not a high rank we’ve aspired to be in, but the irresponsible bureaucracy in charge isn’t making it any easier for those who are responsible. That’s a topic for a different type of blog. Instead
, I’m going to share something that is helping me stay optimistic.

Our second car was getting old and started to have problems, so recently, my husband sold it and used the company car for our other vehicle.  When he got laid off last week, I realized, not only did he no longer have a job, but now we had only one vehicle. How could we afford a another without the salary?

But wait, I was wrong.  Just two hours before he was given the bad news, he had bought a used car through his company.  It’s bought and paid for, no bills. This miracle gave me hope. It also reminds me to have faith in Divine Order.

There was no sign from his employer this was about to happen, but I knew it was going to happen. Why? Because of the state of things in our society today. I prepared. We have no bills, well, at least no debt. Of course, I’m paying a bill right now to use this internet thing. I’m paying a bill to use the electricity that powers this internet thing. I’ve told many I know and love to prepare, but no one is taking me seriously. I share my advice with all who read this … consider preparing.

The Universe provided us with a second vehicle just in time, and soon we will be blessed with employment again. This is my positive affirmation for the day, and I know it’s going to be something even better. God can’t drive a parked car, so I shifted the gear into drive by preparing. Out of those preparations, we are in a good place, as the search for employment begins and the universe aligns to find just the right opportunity.

P.S. Please excuse the not-so-great photo taken from a very old cell phone. I just thought it fit my topic today.

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25 thoughts on “Joining the Ranks …”

  1. Lori, so sorry to hear that .. your husband has lost his job! You’re holding the spirit up and that is the right thing to do – hopefully things will change very quickly .. you’re in my thoughts – because this with praying isn’t my thing .. as you know. I feel so deeply for both of you.

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    1. I have a very nontraditional faith, Viveka. So, thinking positive thoughts for us is as good as prayers in my view. Thank you for your kind words and encouragement.

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  2. I’ve been praying for y’all (practicing my new found Texas drawl) for several days and I’ll continue to pray. You’re a wise woman to plan ahead as you have.
    We work in a big money industry (although we’re at the less than minimum wage end). 😉
    Our poorest paid guys make $25 and hour (2 weeks on 2 weeks off). I think the average pay is around $30-$35 an hour for the roughnecks.
    Most have great trucks and toys and live pay check to pay check. When the news came that we were stacking and everyone would be out of work, it panicked some.
    I’m so thankful that you aren’t in that spot. What a gift the car was! Praying with you as the interviews come up. My internet is intermittent but I’ll check back when ever I can!
    Love and grace to you –
    Debbie

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    1. Thank y’all for the prayers, Debbie. 😉 Been in the south (well, Florida) for over 20 years now and still haven’t taken to using that term. I still use my Midwestern “you guys.” My good wishes and prayers are with you too. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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  3. I think this is something that is on many of our minds. We too have a financial & life plan in place in the event the same eventuates. It was good that you listened to your instincts/intuition and also took head of the signs. If the worse didn’t happen then you’d be no worse off but it did and you have the comfort of being prepared. I wish you both well, and believe that you will make something better out of the opportunity.

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    1. Hi EllaDee. We started preparing a few years ago, and so glad we did. Trying to remain positive with each day. Two job interviews are lined up. Thank you for commenting, and for your well wishes.

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    1. Thanks, Carrie. Hoping to keep those birds of worry from nesting in my hair. Hubby has 2 interviews lined up, so keeping fingers crossed. Always good to see you here.

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  4. Preparation never hurts. Lack of it is another story. It sounds like you’re well-positioned for this transitional period, and that’s a great place to be. We recently paid off the last of our car and, like you, have no long-term debt right now. That in itself is a liberating feeling. Wishing you well and hoping that the work situation is soon back to normal.

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    1. We started preparing a few years ago, and so glad we did. I like the term you used “transitional period” … as we transition for the better. Thanks so much, JM.

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    1. I’m trying to remain in a good place, and keep those birds of worry away from nesting in my hair. Heh. He has two interviews lined up already, so keeping fingers crossed. Thanks for stopping by, Pete.

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    1. Yep, my husband made sure he bought a used car that we could afford to pay in full. This was such a blessing in the midst of the bad news. Thanks for reading and commenting, Andy.

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  5. I cannot click “Like” on this post, however, it is an upbeat “lost job” post. Many should read this and know that if one prepares fiscally and mentally, all will be well.
    I will be thinking of you and praying for that right opportunity for your husband.

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