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In my last posting, I introduced you to the concept of “shifting.” Essentially, a shift involves the decision to make a specific change in one’s life that grants a more positive perspective on life and the clarity required to see miracles.Now I’d like to share my personal story of how a specific shift in my own life altered my course in a way for which I’m ever grateful.
After my husband passed away, I felt I needed to escape the research world, as that is where we had worked together. I dabbled in the the insurance business for a while, but didn’t feel at home there either. After much internal struggle, I finally decided to take a year off of work so that I could sort things out and figure out what to do next.
One day, during prayer, I heard The Voice say something I’ll never forget: “It is not a job that you are supposed to seek, but you must find out who you are.” I did not know what this message meant at the time, but for a long time after hearing it, I could not find a job.
Despite hearing these words, I persisted until I finally received a job offer as a lab technician at a hospital in Orange County. The pay was minuscule, but I had no choice but to accept the offer. The day before I was supposed to go to work, I received a phone call from the lab informing me that they had found a high school student to fill the position instead. Apparently, they thought I was overqualified and had chosen not to even give me a chance.
A few days later, my daughter referred me to a job in Los Angeles involved with marketing for a home health services agency. Soon after that I was offered a job. And just like that, I packed my things and moved from Orange County to Los Angeles. Perhaps more dramatically was the mental shift that took place within, requiring me to step outside of my comfort zone and enter into a brand new world of public relations. I was scared and not quite sure what to expect, but I knew I had to embrace the opportunity that life was presenting me with.
Right off the bat, this field was totally strange to me. Even stranger was when my daughter, who had been with this same agency for several years, told me that I needed to update my wardrobe. When she had seen my “professional attire,” she sighed and said, “Mom, your clothes are outdated, and they should go to the museum. They won’t work for marketing.” The first thing she did was to take me to the nearest department store to buy all the shoes and dresses I would need. To top it off, she took me to the nail salon and gave me a total makeover. Within a few days, I was an entirely changed person on the exterior.
Next, my daughter took me out and introduced me to all of the doctors who we solicited our company’s home health services to. The route that we drove to get from office to office was rather vast, taking us from the San Gabriel Valley all the way to West Los Angeles. I not only had to shift myself mentally, but I had also changed physically. She added that if I ever felt stressed or unhappy, I shouldn’t go to the doctor’s offices. Apparently their job is already stressful enough that the last thing they need is to see someone else in a stressful state.
To be continued…