“I am grateful for all of my problems. After each one was overcome, I became stronger and more able to meet those that were still to come. I grew in all my difficulties.” JC Penney
The first time I got fired was in 1988. I was working at a job that I hated and I was miserable. Instead of looking forward to the weekend on Fridays, I was depressed, knowing I had to go back to work on Monday.
One Sunday night I was driving home from a wrestling with the questions – Do I quit now or wait until I have another job? What am I supposed to do? So I started to pray.
I said, “Dear God, please give me a sign. Should I quit my job or just stay until I find something else? Let me know what I’m supposed to do.” Well, I didn’t see a lightning strike, or a big sign in the sky so the next morning, I got dressed and went to work – where I promptly got fired.
The Universe works in strange and mysterious ways. My ego was hurt from getting fired; it’s not a pleasant experience. The good news is, it was the drought of 1988 and the summer was FABULOUS. I took some time off, enjoyed myself, and the next job I got led me to the next 20 years of a very successful sales career.
Everything works out just the way it’s supposed to – and I definitely grew in the experience. What lessons have you learned as a result of a painful experience?
Things ALWAYS work out the way they’re supposed to. It’s one of life’s guarantees.