Unfortunately, a majority of our friends and family members are enduring some pretty tough times right now. We all know someone who is trying to fight the love/hate battle with life. Off the top of my head, I can name three people I know personally who are each affected by the emotional and mental wear these times can cause: One is on the brink of losing her home and is finding it damn-near impossible to find a job that pays enough to support her family’s needs; another is pregnant with her first child and working her way through school at a low-paying job that is physically demanding, completely overwhelmed with thoughts of the future; the third is a mother who desperately wants what’s best for her children and is stuck in an environment that is not benefiting anyone in her family, but can’t find adequate employment and because of the depression that comes along with a lack of feeling worthy, can’t bring herself to apply for school and take that first scary step toward self and life improvement.
When it comes to times like these, most people do need to hear that everything will be okay, but, only small pieces of that statement are actually felt and absorbed. It’s hard to believe that everything’s going to be okay when it feels like nothing is going right.
I’ve felt this same desperation. I know exactly what it feels like to force yourself to continue to push forward. Some days are better than others, but, when you start to feel a positive turn, grab onto it, hold on tight and use that as fuel to move yourself forward.
No matter what situation you may find yourself in, no matter how deep the water is above your head, as long as you put one foot – some days you may only have enough to place a toe out – in front of the other, you will make progress.
Even the smallest movement will allow you to chip away at what’s holding you back.
Employment, or lack thereof, seems to be one of the largest contributors to the crisis.
We’re finding individuals fully-equipped with degrees and
experience or maybe even one out of the two, desperately looking for work and unable to find it.
The best way to find a job and improve your overall opinion of yourself and what you have to offer, is by networking and broadening your field of interest. From personal experience, I can tell you that the
most beneficial way to do this is by determining what you’re interested in and then looking into volunteer opportunities that are available. Try Googling volunteering in the areas you’re interested in or contact a resource center like the Volunteer Center of South Jersey.
Not only will you find an array of resources for your own personal use, but you’ll come across programs that will assist you in finding a purpose and will connect you to people who will touch your life in ways you never thought possible.
Doors open for you when you knock at them.
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times, there’s ALWAYS a light. Darkness can’t possibly last forever with a positive, persistent mind frame. The worst thing you can do in trying times is to retreat and surrender. Take every single bit of the strength you have left and fight back against the negative with a smile and a mission.
On any given day, it’s up to you to say, “This is NOT how it’s going to be.”
Thoughts, comments, questions? Email me, JennKaysen@gmail.com
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