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The Blessing of: Bad Job Interviews

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One Word 365

My One Word for 2014: Blessing

The Blessing of a failed Job Interview

Doing a job search can either bring gladness or sadness. There are a variety of reasons why people have to enter into a job search. For myself, this has been a time of searching for a job that will place me on a proper path to my chosen career. It hasn’t been easy, as I have an injury that continued to derail me from being able to find appropriate employment. I finally found some occupations that can accommodate my injury and not exasperate my symptoms.

What I’ve learned in preparing for this round of job searching, is that looking for a suitable job requires knowing a lot about yourself. You need to know about your likes/dislikes, your skills, interests, what you value in the workplace, and what you feel you area worth financially. Figuring this all out for myself required a lot of self-inventory and looking  at my employment history.

Being forced to find a new job or begin a new career path doesn’t always have to be an unpleasant process. The job search process is a great time to do some self-analysis and discover again or possibly for the first time what you want out of life and your career.

I had two jobs interviews this week for positions that I really wanted. I would have been happy to be offered either position. Getting either of these jobs were a long shot. Being contacted for an interview was a major surprise.

At the end of one of the interviews they offered me feedback. I wasn’t prepared for what they had said. They told me my interview was excellent, but my resume was really bad. This is not good news when you are interviewing for a career advisor position. I thanked them for their suggestions and let them know I agreed with them 100%. I had a bad resume. It was created for me by a resume writer who narrowed my resume from two pages to one. In doing so, there was a lot of vital information that was taken out.

I can’t help but consider this a blessing. Some people would have been crushed by this feedback, but I see it as a helpful incident. The critique I received will prevent me from sending out mediocre resumes. By opening ourselves to feedback from others we increase our chances for success in whatever it is that we are pursuing.

I believe that God places people onto our path to provide us with the information we need for staying on track with our goals. If we are receptive to the information and feedback that people give us, it will keep us moving in the right direction. Let’s be open to those whom we might only encounter once in our lifetime, their message is as valuable as if it had been received from a loved one.   

I don’t know where my job search is going to lead me, but I do know that when we don’t get a job that we want, it is not a loss, it is an opportunity to keep searching for a better employer-employee match.

Source: Catholic Online
Source: Catholic Online

 

The Blessing of ADHD: Turn it around!

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One Word: Blessing

The Blessings That Comes With Having ADHD

For those who have ADHD you might be wondering what exactly could be a blessing of having ADHD? There doesn’t seem to be any blessing in the list of traits describing ADHD: constantly late, disorganized, forgetful, impatience, trouble concentrating, easily distracted, zoning out and a host of other negatives symptoms that make it difficult to navigate the world of work and personal relationships.

None of the traits of ADHD resemble the Fruits of the Spirit, Corinthians 13, or any of the other teachings by St. Paul on how to be a good Christian. Knowing this, how does one find blessings in having ADHD?

I have ADHD and I have it bad! At various times in my life this disorder has turned me into a hot mess! I haven’t mastered this disorder, and it is an ongoing process to make effective changes, but I strongly believe that if I stay positive and focus on the blessings, then I will be able to succeed in life. I believe this applies to others with ADHD as well. I’ll share with you a few of the negative traits of ADHD that can be reframed when we make the choice to engage in the process of turning these negatives into positives and bring healing into our lives.

If we believe that Jesus was able to: make a blind man see, mentally free a demon possessed person, stop the flow of a hemorrhaging woman, and bring a deceased loved one back to life; then I believe that God is able to help those of us with ADHD bring healing to our lives while we manage the symptoms of this disorder.

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SHAME

Turn It Around With These Blessings:

-Know that God loves you and you are worthy of this because He has said so. Give Him praise everyday for His love.

-Don’t be afraid or a shamed to let others know that you have Adult ADHD. It’s not some sort of non-treatable contagious disease that people need to fear.

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MOODINESS

Turn It Around With These Blessings:

-Become aware of your emotions and how you are feeling. Check- in with yourself throughout the day so you can recognise when you are steering towards disorganization and other frustrations.

– Be vulnerable and brave enough to apologise to others when your ADHD traits have caused you to hurt others. Be gentle towards yourself and practice self-forgiveness; release unhealthy guilt.

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STRAINED RELATIONSHIPS

Turn It Around With These Blessings:

-Spend your time with people who understand the challenges of ADHD. If there are people who are judgemental towards your disorder, unforgiving, or harsh with you; remove them from your life or decrease the amount of time you spend with them.

-Be conscious of the traits that are causing fractures within your family. Be willing to admit where you are struggling and work together with family members to deal with troublesome issues.

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POOR PERFORMANCE AT WORK AND PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT

Turn It Around With These Blessings:

-Find employment that can accommodate your symptoms.  The goal is to recognise what would make the workplace more suitable for you without it compromising your ability to fulfill your duties.

-Discover your gifts. God has gifted you alongside having this deficit. ADHD is not an absence of gifts, skills, abilities and talents. The challenge is to discover these and make them work for you and your employer without the ADHD traits getting in the way.

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PASSION

Turn It Around With These Blessings:

-Use your ADHD fueled passion to make somewhere in this world a better place to be. Use it to bring happiness, justice, efficiency and joy to the lives of others and yourself.

-Learn to accept that passion filled persons with ADHD are visionaries who see the world in pictures. Be gentle and understanding towards those who can’t see past two feet in front of them. They aren’t visionaries and that is alright; it’s your job and gift to be the visionary. Leave it to them to the manage the details.

 

Prayer for those with ADHD who just need to stop, pause and pray! 

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The Blessing of Those Who Are Stronger Than US

 

One Word 365

One Word: Blessing

Face Your Fears with God
Face Your Fears with God

April 4th was the anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., probably the most well-known of leaders during the American civil rights movement.

After reading his speech I can’t help but feel overwhelmed with blessings for the work that those who are stronger than us have done in order for those of us who are weaker to be able to obtain freedom and even the most basic of human rights. I love God, I believe in God, and I am a coward. I don’t know if I could be as bold as those who stood strong while being sprayed with mace, attacked by police dogs, and being powerfully hosed down with water. You and I are blessed only because of those who relied on their strength in God and stood strong.

I give thanks and blessings to God for the strength he gives to those who are willing to do what He requires of all believers, for without these fearless followers of God what would our lives look like today? I don’t want to imagine it, but I have to in order to capture the seriousness of what those who are stronger than us have accomplished in the name of God’s love for His human creations.

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“It’s alright to talk about “long white robes over yonder,” in all of its symbolism. But ultimately people want some suits and dresses and shoes to wear down here. It’s alright to talk about “streets flowing with milk and honey,” but God has commanded us to be concerned about the slums down here, and his children who can’t eat three square meals a day. It’s alright to talk about the new Jerusalem, but one day, God’s preacher must talk about the New York, the new Atlanta, the new Philadelphia, the new Los Angeles, the new Memphis, Tennessee. This is what we have to do.” MLK Jr. April 3, 1968 Memphis, Tennessee.

QUESTION:

What are some of the freedoms, justice, and basic human needs for living that you enjoy today that were only made possible by those who came before you and fought for these in the name of God’s love?

APPLICATION:

Give thanks and blessings to God today for all those things you listed in response to the question above. Pray and ask God to help you continue to develop strength and courage in following those commandments which require the greatest sacrifices; that being our material well-being and our life.

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The Blessing of Content

One Word 2014: BLESSING

Content \kən-ˈtent\: “Pleased and satisfied. Not needing more”; “A state of satisfaction”; “In a state of peaceful happiness”.

Complacent \kəm-ˈplā-sənt\: “Satisfied with how things are and not wanting to change them”; “marked by self-satisfaction especially when accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies”.

I was with a group of Christians the other day and I couldn’t help but notice, or at least interpret that Christians seem to be uncomfortable with the experience of being content. I wondered if this had to do with a possible misunderstanding of the difference between content and complacency. I kept hearing these words and phrases being tossed around, “God’s calling”, “God’s will”, “Where God leads me”, “I don’t know what to do, it’s up to God.” When I hear these statements used in circumstances where people really should be able to articulate their wants, needs and desires, I see this as decision making avoidance. It can become a default habit of “leaving it up to God” when we don’t want to take action and make a decision.

Don’t get me wrong, I strongly believe that our own personal plans need to take a back seat to God’s will and His plans, but I think this is only necessary once He reveals this to you. I wish nothing more than for Christians to embrace the idea and reality that God is not insulted or angry when we are happy, at peace, and content. I have a dream career goal that involves fulfilling my passions and using the skills and employment experience that I’ve gained over the past two decades. At this time in my life I am content with my decision to pursue this career. I see no reason to sit around with spiritual paralysis while dumping my decision making responsibilities onto God.

If I can encourage those of you who have a career that you like and enjoy; don’t feel like you need to stir things up and start looking elsewhere. Why feel guilty for having a fulfilling and rewarding job. Career contentment is a blessing. I remember the “cafeteria lady” at my college, she was a constantly happy woman. She brought smiles and laughter to a variety of students. She served us with care. When you allow yourself to embrace the happiness and peace that comes along with liking your job, it creates a wonderful disposition. The workplace is one of the major causes of depression in North America, so I say, if you like your job, don’t hesitate to give God praise and enjoy the peace of contentment. You can worry about the spiritual nudge to move into another job or career when the Holy Spirit comes calling.

This attachment link is a prayer for the those in the workplace (I personally think it’s also applicable to homemakers and the retired) http://work4christ.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/a-prayer-for-the-workplace/

For those who feel a call to move on to a different job or career, here is a link to a prayer for you as well http://blessthework.com/prayers-for-your-career.html

Question:

Do you give God praise for your career/job? Are you retired, have you given God thanks and praise for the jobs/careers that provided for yourself and your family?

Are you in the habit of avoiding decision making and planning by “leaving it up to God”?

Application:

In your head, on paper, in your journal, where ever you would like; list 5 things about your job/career/retirement/homemaker duties that you want to give a Blessing (praise) to God for.