Thursday, April 09, 2009

Only The Good Friday - On Good Friday

Well, it surely is fitting that on this particular Friday, I would participate in Shelley’s “Only The Good Friday” meme, as I have been doing for several weeks (months?) now.

If you don’t know yet what “Only The Good Friday” is all about, let me tell you. Shelley, being the snarky bloggess that she is, (and we all love her for that snarkyness), decided that she would dedicate one day a week to posting only about the good things. No snarkyness, no negativity, no rants, just good positive thoughts. She decided as bloggers we should come together and spread the “Positivity Virus”.

I thought it was a brilliant idea, so I joined in.

You too can join the cause, and there’s no better day than today to jump in, is there? Head on over to Shelly’s for more details, and to see who else is “spreading the good”.

Now, moving on to the actual GOOD for today, this Good Friday.

I thought it only right that I take advantage of both the meme and the significance of this day on the Roman Catholic calendar when creating today’s post. Which means, of course, that I’m about to get personal.

Are you ready? Oh well, here goes either way.

Right around this time last year I was out of work. I had been laid off from my job of 5 plus years, and was feeling a bit lost in the world. How was I going to support my single income household/mortgage? How was I going to find a new job in a market saturated with unemployment? Was I going to have to resort to the hellish commute into Boston once again, a commute that sucked the very life force from me for over a decade? Was I really going to have to continue on as a paralegal, working for some other law firm, day in and day out performing a job that left me unfulfilled, unsatisfied and unhappy? How could I change careers and keep the same level of income, one necessary to keep my bills paid and food on my table? What was I going to do?

Somehow, even in the midst of all this questioning and confusion, I managed to keep my spirits up, and to “put it in God’s hands”. And that is exactly what I did.

I threw myself into my job search, but never panicked, trusting that it would all work out somehow, if I just kept the faith.

And it did. Through a series of events that can truly only be described as fate, I found my current job. And my whole life changed dramatically, for the better.

Over the last year, I have started a new career, made new friends, reconnected with old ones, taken control of my life, and my body, gotten back in shape, started fully living my life again, and more importantly, strengthened my relationship with God in ways I can’t even begin to explain.

My faith, which sustained me during that confusing time, has only multiplied and grown since then. I have learned much, I have shared, I have seen and heard and grown and changed. And I’ve only just begun.

I honestly believe this is only the beginning of my faith journey, I have miles and miles yet to go. But today, on this day when such an incredible sacrifice was made, I feel only grateful and blessed for the path I’ve traveled this past year.

That’s my good this week, just a thank you to God for the blessings in my life.

It is, indeed, a good Friday.

Head on over to Shelly’s to see what everyone else has to day today!
Also, sneak a peak back a the post before this one, if you will, and join us for Accountability April!


Thorne said...

That's some serious personal good, KarinaKarina! Good for you!

Unknown said...

That's great! Spreading positivity is always good. :) I'm glad your job situation worked out for the best.

Unknown said...

Happy Easter! ;)

Pamela said...

I'm just treading water with my "new" jobs that don't pay.

I'm encouraged by what you've gained, however.

jill said...

you have wednesday and friday covered, need a reason to blog on monday? I bet you have great dreams to share, care to join me for fun monday? I have a mr linky up if you want to play along!

This Eclectic Life said...

You have had an incredibly good year. Faith will sustain you. AND, as my Papaw used to say, "God helps those who help themselves!" Good on you, my friend.