One day shy of a year from the day he was downsized, my husband walked through the doors of his new place of employment. I don’t think there was another person alive who was feeling happier or more blessed to have a job when he woke up that morning. After sending out more than 1,000 résumés, contacting 100-plus friends, previous co-workers and family members, joining Résumé Rabbit, LinkedIn, Snagajob.com, CareerBuilder.com and a dozen other job referral web sites his time had arrived.
It was almost surreal the telephone call from the Human Resources Manager. It was a Thursday afternoon and my husband had taken me to a doctor’s appointment and then we were running a few errands. He received the call and following a few preliminary questions he was asked to come in for an interview. We had gone through this before and had learned to not get too excited. However, he prepared for the interview and several days later, looking professional and handsome, left the house feeling upbeat, educated about the company and polished on his interviewing techniques.
Several hours later he called me letting me know he thought the interview went well and he should hear something before the end of the week. He came home, typed his thank you emails and for the next several days the job quest and life continued. We had gotten used to waiting for the telephone to ring and sadly it never did. Job hunting these days is difficult and my heart goes out to those who are searching.
However, several days later, the telephone DID ring…a bit earlier than usual. We both looked at each other as if we knew. My husband answered the call and as if time stood still for a few seconds, he was told he was being offered the position pending a background check and drug test. When he was done with the call, we were motionless. Most would think we would have jumped for joy, screamed with delight, watched the weight being lifted off our shoulders…no, at that moment, we paused and prayed.
We thanked God for helping us survive the year without a job, for the lessons we learned, for strengthening our relationship and for having money in savings and, for the job my husband was just offered. We felt God’s presence and have always known we were working on God’s timeline — not ours. And, while we knew we had to be patient during the past year, it was frustrating as well as a test of our faith. However, we have been through a lot in the last seven years ~ a spinal cord injury, Dr. Liar, medical malpractice, MRSA, depression, the list goes on and on, but knew we would manage this setback as well.
During the next few days we decided not to share the news until all details were completed and fully ironed out. We also wanted to privately thank many people in person who had assisted with my husband’s job search and even given verbal and written letters of recommendations. In fact, there are two very special people who we will never be able to repay. They know who they are and we will forever be grateful. They hold a special place in our heart.
My husband worked his first full week and is now settling in with his new routine. He is back to being his happy confident self, talking about the company, the people he works with and the new things he is learning. I am so proud of him. It wasn’t easy watching him be unemployed for a year; however, in my husband’s style…he didn’t complain. He kept plugging along and his hard work finally paid off. However, I know he is less stressed and is enjoying his new position. A few days ago, I heard him laughed, which is nothing unusual — he laughs all the time. However, it wasn’t his every day, average laugh. It was his ‘I am so glad I have a job’ laugh. I paused and was thankful to once again have the pieces of our life back together. And, while none of us know how long the pieces will stay together, I have learned to celebrate life’s little moments. In fact, I have learned how to take the little moments and make them into BIG moments!
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