I just read a post at a new blog that I stumbled upon, Dancing with Frogs. The post was about a sister’s breakup, but the last paragraph really hit home for me because it applies to my job loss/search situation as well.
“…but of course it’s only trials and troubles that bring that strength out in us. It’s all very well to look back on your life and say, “I wouldn’t change a thing. My hard times made me the person I am today!” It’s bloody hard having to go through those hard times and having to live day by day enduring them. When the hard times are in the present, you don’t give a toss about building strength of character, resilience and resourcefulness. You just want the pain to stop.”
It’s true, I don’t think about all of the crap I’ve been dealing with for the past three months as “character building,” but I need to remind myself that the results will ultimately be positive. There were things I didn’t like in my life, and this is an opportunity to change them. Where I am now is not where I will be for the rest of my life. It’s just a moment (maybe a long series of moments!), and it will eventually end.
I can live with that.