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Thank You , Winston.

Sunday, May 06, 2012

One of my sons , knowing how very English I am ( LOL) and how much I love history , bought me a book about Winston Churchill. It was a real eye opener, as instead of the usual praise for the war hero he is known as , it shows him to be anything but. He was not the deft strategist and soldier that Hitler was and his insistence on maintaining certain outdated military processes almost cost the Allies the war. The book showed me that , in common with all of humankind , Winston Churchill had feet of clay.
Very recently I was reminded in a particularly bitter manner of this truth. Two years ago I was desperately searching for a job , and after many months finally found one with a small business run by people I rapidly came to admire and respect. Last week , for no other reason than the fact that my employers could outsource my work for far less money than they were paying me , I was retrenched. With a mere shrug , I was told that although they knew I was the sole earner for my family and it would mean very serious financial trouble for us , the deed was done and I joined the ranks of the unemployed . All my admiration for these people evaporated in that one awful moment and I came to see that just like dear Winston , they too have feet of clay.
What a big wobble that provided my diet with ! For several days I wallowed in self pity and ate everything which couldn't run away fast enough. But now I've realised that this is the chance for a new start , a new opportunity , and not the beginning of the end. Get a grip girl ! Stand up straight and get on with it ! So last week I resumed my discarded and much loved walking schedule , doing my usual tramp around my garden fence. Oho ! I can hear you chortle. Round the garden ! She's clearly not a believer in stressing her joints too much is she ! But it's over a quarter of a kilometer around my garden fence so four times around is one km. And the view is not bad either down the hill and across the valley to the neighbouring hillsides.
So what have I learned ? Yet again , a lesson from the Bible appears : so many scriptures tell us that God knows best , they say rely on Him , and do not lean upon our own understanding , because when you least expect it , those feet of clay will trip you up , and sometimes the effort of setting yourself back up on your feet can be quite a strain.
But I did get back up on my feet , stopped snivelling and bemoaning my fate , and am determined to do my best to find a job , lose this fat , get a bit fitter , and never forget to ask God how things should be done.
Oh and Winston ? I was brought up listening to recordings of his speeches , and once heard , that voice proclaiming " .............We shall fight them on the beaches...................and we shall never give up. Never." can not easily be forgotten. A great war hero he may not have been with those feet , but he had a few good ideas. Thanks, Winston.
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    Sorry about the job loss . . . but Jehovah will see you through. Lean on him. Grab hold of his hand. He will guide you and protect you. Get in service as much as you can too. Being busy spiritually is the best way to deal with rough times.
    3174 days ago
    Sarah, is there free internet at your local library? Many (not all) here have that service these days. Even the tiny library in Frederiksted, St. Croix USVI had computers people can use for free...online! Of course, then you have the inconvenience of having to GO to the library...and often, a time limit on the use. Hope things get better quick. Get out in service if you can...HUGS.
    3175 days ago
    Hello to you all - so very good to be back with you - lovely new pic Asta , I know that Eno's temptation Celeste ! Yes we must use what we have to hand and if that's the basement then that's what we use ! ( I love writing , would love to write for a living just don't know how to go about it - paying job first !)
    Thanks all for the hugs and the encouragement - I've missed you all so much and dealing with this retrenchment has not been easy , far less so when my Sparkfriends are not so easily accessible ! Can't always log on , costs us too much , so I'll be in touch when I can. Love to you all and thanks for the friendship always. You all keep going , we'll get there in the end won't we!
    Love from Sarah
    3175 days ago
    You're a real trouper girl. Glad you're up and running again. Good solid reasoning and you will find something, with that positivity someone will see your potential.
    I had a blast of a weekend too, ate waaay too much white bread and meat, feel like having eno's for dinner. But tomorrow morning is going to see me beginning a new regime or at least an old regime re-introduced.
    Glad to hear from you again.
    3175 days ago
  • PCOH051610
    Wow, what a wonderful blog! You write with such ease so maybe you could start freelancing? Just an idea but it might just work.

    I am sorry you are laid off but what I think you have moved beyond that and are now getting back on your feet.I really like the walk around the garden! I knew of an elderly man and woman who would walk 1-2 km in their basement in a figure-eight pattern! They were both in their 80's and would do this "off season" when they weren't hiking and boating!

    Sending you emoticon across the miles that lie between us!
    3176 days ago
    Sorry about the job loss...but good for you to see the danger of wallowing for any length of time...getting yourself up and moving forward is a huge step when facing such disappointment and tribulation. We are rooting (and praying) for you, Sarah! emoticon
    3176 days ago
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