There are some situations where all you can do
So pack up your troubles and take a step forward
There might be adventures you never imagined
Perhaps you'll find friendships that spring from new things
Perhaps you'll go places you never expected
Perhaps you'll find warmth and affection and caring
Perhaps you'll find comfort in knowing your friends
So keep putting one foot in front of the other,
Many many people are having some difficult times right now and some are under a lot of stress about how they are going to provide a home and the necessities of life for their families. Stress is a terrible thing and can do a lot of harm…so PLEASE DO NOT STRESS about it all.
I don’t often talk about my past and the troubles I’ve had but I am going to tell you a little bit about how I survived one very tough time of my life.
Back in the late 80’s and early 90’s our country went through a recession. I don’t know if it was as bad as this one, but it was bad in the fact that my hubby lost his job. At the time it was one of the best jobs he’d ever had. He would have been vested for his 401 k plan and had good insurance coverage and was even covered for $100,000.00 life insurance if something would happen to him.
We were doing the best we had in a long long time and I was preparing to quit my job and become a SAHM once again. But he was permanently laid off two weeks before he reached the 5 year mark when he would have been vested with that company. He lost the 401k plan, his health and life insurance and we began living on my small paycheck and his unemployment check. We had no insurance as we could not afford it.
We discovered that we could live on this by using every way there was to economize. He remained unemployed until his death. He searched high and low for employment. He was either over qualified or no one wanted to hire someone with his years of experience. After a year of being out of work we were relieved when the government stepped in and extended his unemployment benefits. I’ve heard they are going to do that again now too.
He was 50 years old at the time and became quite depressed. We had dear friends at our church that helped us out over and over during this time and I cannot say Thank You enough to all of them.
The thing is that although I’m convinced that we do not have anything to do with when our time on earth is up, the stress that he lived under had to have had something to do with the sudden heart attack that he died from.
I’m telling you all this so that maybe I can prevent someone else from having the same thing happen to them. Life does go on and even if it isn’t the same kind of life we had, it’ll all work out if you just have faith.
Take it one day at a time and remember to count your many blessings.
THOUGHT FOR TODAY
There is a certain relief in change,
even though it be from bad to worse!
As I have often found in travelling in a stagecoach,
that it is often a comfort to shift one's position,
and be bruised in a new place
PS : I’ll have pictures for you all to see tomorrow of our Family Easter Gathering which is today