6 Things I Am Trying to Remember in My Unemployment Journey

I am sorry I haven’t blogged lately but truthfully, I didn’t feel I could encourage you in what I am going through because I have felt so discouraged lately. Sure one minute I can be hopeful and happy the next, well, in tears.

An update on my individual employment agency journey:

At the end of both appointments to date I have ended up in tears. Yep tears. And not happy tears mind you. But of great disappointment. I thought heading to an employment agency for help would be the answer to my unemployment struggle. Instead I am finding out what it truly means to never give up. The experience so far has made me start addressing some old wounds. Here are 6 things I am trying to remember over these past few weeks:

You are not the same person you once were: Your past doesn’t need to become your future. That girl who struggled to apply for jobs because she thought she wasn’t good enough. You are not her anymore. You are a different person free to make different choices.

Your worth is not attached to a job: You don’t need a job for worth. There are plenty of reasons to have a job but your worth as a person should not be one of them.

The employment agency is simply an avenue not the only solution: Being unemployed really hurts; I want to contribute to society by working like everyone else, plus earning would help me achieve some goals perhaps faster. I am learning that it is a partnership between myself and the employment agency. Which means they will advocate for me when they have time (there are many people in the same boat as me) and I continue applying for jobs.

Remember all the things you have achieved: Many times in my life the odds have been stacked against me but that didn’t stop me from achieving. Reminding myself of this helps me to remain hopeful and know I can continue achieving.

This is but a season in my life: Just like every other difficult season in my life when I felt like it wouldn’t end. Each season eventually had a finish time. Even though it is hard to believe that in this moment, it has been proven true many times before.

A different mindset: Going into this round of applying for jobs I have embraced a different mindset. I see the fun in applying to various places, choosing to hold on lightly to the position, deciding to give it a go because if I am not in the mix they can’t pick me and keep moving forward. When I have rough days I remember the new mindset I have adopted.

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Love to you!


1 Comment
  • David Jones
    Posted at 21:20h, 11 March Reply

    Love to you also Cathy.

    9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

    2 Corinthians 12:9-10 New International Version (NIV)

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