This weekend we have a treat. We have a bonus! We have a Weekend Guest!!! I enjoy giving you someone else’s words to read, someone else’s perspective and path toward Joy. I’m sure you will enjoy this Weekend Guest Post written by Palanda from The Fabulous Dating Misadventures of Poppy J.
Peace. I am Joy….I am Love. I am Peace. I am Joy,” I whispered to myself as I
whipped my car into the left turning lane.
through my window shield, signaling the makings of a beautiful, glorious day. I
was happy. Which was ridiculously surprising considering the fact that I’d just
been laid off. It had come as a bit of a shock, especially considering the manner
in which the news was delivered.
to Jeff yet?” he’d asked before I’d even had time to sit down in my office. He being my super-nosy co-worker.
the fact that I just got here,” I
wanted to reply but didn’t. I do have manners, after all.
know, they’re letting some people go today,” he said in a solemn whisper.
what Jeff told you?”
where he got real serious, “I’m staying,
and Noelle’s staying. The rumor is, you’re leaving.”
news of my imminent lay-off delivered in the most insensitive way possible by a
man who wasn’t even my boss.
confirmed by my boss, I got mad. Really mad. How dare they get rid of me! I got
along great with everyone. My productivity was great. And I dressed my butt off! Heck, I was an absolute joy to work with.
leaving. It wasn’t fair. Especially when folks like Mr. Nosy Bottoms were staying.
myself that though the packaging was not quite what I wanted, it was still an
opportunity, a blessing in disguise.
do all the things I’d been complaining about not having time to do. Here was my chance to write, to get my home
organized, to read, to plan my “Eat, Pray, Love” trip to Italy. Here was my
chance to go to plays, hang out at happy hours across town, go shopping in the
middle of the day, and finally try
hot yoga. Here was my chance to take a much-deserved break and actually enjoy
temptation to worry and stress out about money and finding another job was
there, the reality was I’d been surviving in a crappy economy for years. I’d mastered the art of living
well on a meager budget. And I knew how to save in times of prosperity. Though
my job was ending, I wasn’t destitute and broke. After all, I’d been stocking
away money since I’d been hired, planning for the rainy days that always come
and freaking out had never helped me land a job, meet great people, or write
yet another amazing blog post. You know what had? Sitting back and trusting
that God would take care of me no matter what. Laughing and smiling as if I
hadn’t a care in the world. Dancing the night away with friends at a favorite
lounge. Breaking bread with a good friend at a favorite restaurant. Living life
as if I had every single thing I ever needed and wanted. That’s what had gotten
me through my periods of job and/or financial droughts. And that’s what would
get me through this one.
when I do get overwhelmed and anxious, I don’t hesitate to remind myself who I
really am. Job or no job, I am Love.
I am Peace. I am Joy. And happiness is mine for the taking.
Have you ever been laid off? Were you overwhelmed and anxious? What did you do to maintain Joy during that time?
A Southern girl with her head in the clouds, her heart on her sleeve, and her feet firmly planted in sunny LA. Palanda Brownlow is a woman who’s an expert at taking life’s lemons and turning them into cute, little, citrusy cocktails. A woman courageous enough to abandon a life and a job on the West Coast to take a non-paying (non-paying!) internship on the East Coast all in pursuit of her life-long dream of becoming a writer. And a woman bold enough to share the good, the bad, and the highly embarrassing, awkward, yet entertaining tales of her dating life on a blog for all the world to see. You can find her hilarious dating escapades at “The Fabulous Dating Misadventures of Poppy J”. Keep up with Palanda on twitter at @MizPoppyJ.