The Proof is in the Pudding

And I’m the pudding. It’s all well and good to write endless tomes on how much I’ve learned in recent years, but try putting that to the test. One of life’s pop quizzes on how I’ll respond when things get bad.

I aced it.

Last week the temporary job I was working on — one I’d hoped would become permanent — abruptly ended. The explanation was vague. Colleagues who messaged me said management terminated the contracts of several temporary employees. In all fairness, it is what happens when you’re a contract worker. Still, it’s nice to have a reason.

You don’t know what you don’t know.

I discovered I’d accepted the truth of that statement, something I’ve written about on this blog in the past. Rather than agonize and speculate over what happened, I’ve decided not to dwell on it. Time to move on.

This puts me in a bad place financially. In addition to facing a difficult time paying my bills, my credit is at risk. That could have long term consequences.

But I’ve been through bad times before, and I’ve learned you live through them. Things eventually turn around.

I hope my next job lasts for years. I’d like something that could become a part of me, rather than another passing experience. I believe when you set your mind to something it’s more likely to happen, and my hope has become a part of my search criteria.

It’s like they say, wish I knew then what I know now. But that’s such a universal conclusion in people’s lives it tells me there’s some order to our experiences, some reason we internalize beliefs like these when we do.

Tomorrow I may panic. Today I am at peace.

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10 Replies to “The Proof is in the Pudding”

  1. Sorry to read about the job – that sounds really challenging. I admire your resilience in this situation and your hopeful outlook. It can be so hard to move forward from a trying situation, but your post is a reminder that things do change (and they do). I wish you lots of success in your search and peace of mind that something is on its way – very much hoping you find the position you’re looking for, Belinda. ❤

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  2. Belinda, we’re traveling similar paths trying to find a permanent work situation. I currently am waiting to hear (hopefully) good news regarding one for myself. I am confident things will turn out to your advantage. One door has closed but another one is waiting to be walked through. No panic required!

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  3. Being let go/laid off is discouraging! I was laid off from my last full-time job after 16 years. It’s taken me about five years to come to a place of acceptance/gratitude regarding this abrupt change in my life. Since then I have simplified my life even more than it already was (bike not car; no cell phone; very little traveling) and focused on music. I am earning a very modest and barely-sustaining living, but I am not vulnerable to being laid of by any boss/corporation. I hope and trust you will find another job which is an even better fit for you.

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    1. Good for you!! How discouraging to be laid off after such loyalty. Fortunately I require very little to maintain my lifestyle, but it’s more than I’m bringing in now!


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