Today is my dads last day of work. Ever. He's retiring. And deserves it more than anyone I know.
That is something my parents always instilled in my brother and I; that hard work and faith is why we had all that we had and got to see and do the things we did (which is a lot more than most, and something I'll never be able to thank them enough for).
My dad did whatever it took to keep our family going. And he was good at all of it. He has been a teacher to both my brother and I along the way and his wisdom about the workplace and career paths (and life in general) are something I need to try to obtain as much as possible, and should probably be writing down.
I hope that this day will be a happy day for him and my mom. They have had to put up with a lot and have been through even more. They deserve the best. And today marks another beautiful beginning for them.
A few months ago, I decided/realized that this is not where we are supposed to be, or stay. It is temporary. But many times, I find we get a bit (okay, a lot) discouraged and wonder why we're still here. In the midst of putting up with things at work, trying to start a business, dealing with neighbors, etc. we get overwhelmed.
I watched a sermon yesterday morning that really put things into perspective. Instead of sitting around waiting, getting angry and sad (and headaches), we have to wait with expectancy that things are going to happen. We can use this time to prepare for the bigger, better things God has in store for us. We have to make our faith in Him be seen. Which gives you something to do while you're waiting, which will distract from becoming discouraged. I am going to use this time to work on my health (both physically and mentally), my attire, etc. so that when things happen, I'll be ready. Making your faith be seen can be as simple as redoing your wardrobe to be more appropriate for a better job, a better way of living.
I think we were put in this house and work where we do for a reason. So we could have a chance to work on ourselves. And prepare. The pastor used an example of a couple who bought furniture that was way too big for their tiny apartment. When asked about the cramped space, they said they bought the furniture for their new house. When asked when they were moving, they said "Soon." What a wonderful way to think. Things are going to get better. When? Soon.
All we have to do is keep the faith, be productive by getting ready while we wait and remember to wait with expectancy.
I've always been become a big believer in timing. And I'm constantly reminded that things happen (or don't happen) exactly when they're supposed to, even when (sometimes especially when) they don't fit into our timelines.
Things seemed to be moving at the speed of smell when it came to getting things done with the business we're trying to start. Then, all at once, we could get started. Then things got delayed again. Then, things picked up at work, and in our personal lives and there was no way we could have gotten anything accomplished anyways. So while we were frustrated and thought nothing was working out, things really couldn't have worked out more perfectly. Other opportunities have presented themselves to us and give us something to look forward to and work towards in the meantime (and reminded me that there's always a reason for sticking around somewhere and toughing it out. You will be rewarded. In due time.) And when things slow down, we will be able to focus on the business so that it can be the best that it can be. Sometimes, things don't pan out because we need to focus on something else for the moment, instead of trying to stretch ourselves too thin with too many things. And then we can move on to that other thing. Sometimes, things happen that seem devastating and like we can't come back from it. When really, it was the wake up call we've been waiting for.
We have to take a deep breath and stop trying to control everything all the time. We are in the places, houses, apartments, jobs, cities, relationships, families for a reason (many reasons, really.). And with patience, these reasons will present themselves. And they will be so worth the wait.