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Blessings in Disguise by sararexroat
December 15, 2009, 6:20 pm
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Sara Rexroat

The end of  every year tends to bring about reflection.  At first glance this year, it may seem there is not much to be thankful for.  It seems everyone was touched by the economic downturn in one way or another.  But with a second, more thoughtful look I think we will come to view this time as very valuable and a blessing in disguise.  

I have seen people at all levels of change take these challenging times and turn them into opportunities. 

Some people effected most greatly are those who lost their job.  I have heard many different stories about what initally seemed like a catastophe being a blessing in disguise.  People still out of work have said they now have time to spend with their kids to do things as simple as being able to help them with their homework, picking them up from school and having a ‘real’ conversation with them about their day.  Others have said they now have the time to take care of themselves by getting to the gym regularly and cooking healthy meals at home.  Others have mentioned that now they are able to do the volunteer work they always wanted to do or to go back to school to pursue an interest that seemed just out of reach.

Other people have found new work and insights there.  New employees finding that their last job wasn’t really a good fit for them anyway or they hadn’t realized that their old work environment was so stressful.  Having lost their job was the push to move onto something better suited for them.

And even those of us least effected, still in our old jobs with the same companies.  Maybe there haven’t been any raises or bonuses in a year or two but with less business transactions happening it allows time for strategizing and goal setting to be a better, stronger company when the economy picks up again.  Even with that, many of us are working fewer hours and are taking advantage of spending more time with friends and family.

Whatever situation you find yourself in, I hope you have found some blessings in it!


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Loved your thoughtful, optimistic, forward-thinking post. Let’s toast the new year in and all be better off for coming through a rough 2009. Happy Holidays, Sara!

Comment by Terre Houte

I really enjoyed your message and completely agree. Have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year!

Comment by Laura Weldon

Great post! I think it was Rene Descartes or Ferris Bueller who said, “life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” No one wants to lose their job but there is so much to learn when we stop chasing our tails.

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