Sunday, July 19, 2009
I have been thinking about friendship and how others can impact a person's life. Some people that I have know for decades don't fit my idea of 'Friend', and others who I have just started to interact with... well, they seem to be warm, inviting, sympathetic and tender.
Isn't that what we all need in this cruel, impatient, exhausting and lonely planet?
I want to thank the Ladies that pop in to visit my Spark Page, answer my chat questions and leave notes on the Message Boards. I feel a kindred spirit growing (like Anne Shirley had for Diana Barry when she moved to Green Gables.)
I'm not used to logging in every morning and finding friendly gals ready to discuss books, movies, quotations from the past, and amusing facts! But it certainly is nice to get used to the contact and encouragement.
When I'm blue and feeling like it's all uphill, I have found out that The Tea Ladies, the Victoriana Gals and the Wed. Nite Prayer Group all pitch in to share the spark. I hope that my timing is good for all of you out there, when your day makes you feel like you are hitting bottom.
What is a friend? I am seeing evidence that it is a person like YOU: caring, encouraging, thoughtful and helpful. Quite a few Spaklers have a great sense of humour too. I look forward to popping in and visiting with my newly found friends tomorrow and the tomorrow after that.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Today has been a busy day in the office. Let me back up a bit for you...
I have been laid off since the end of May from a paying job, so for the last six weeks, I travel downtown with DH to his office.
I am volunteering my time in exchange for 'keeping my office knowledge sharp' and helping the business stay ahead of mountains of paperwork. It is not the best of situations financially, but I feel that I make a contribution.
Without a job at the present time, I face the fact that I will not be a regular contributor to the on- going payments of our soon-to-acquire mortgage. For the time being, I will have to be satisfied with making a one-time contribution to the initial down payment. That money is a lot of my savings along with a divorce settlement.
In a perfect world, I would be making $20 an hour in a nearby job that I felt was totally fulfilling: emotionally, making use of my clerical talents and allowing me to get some exercise.
So, today I am surfing the 'net to see what is posted on the job sites. I have resumes out there for some favourite possibilities and also for some not so favourite positions.
I will take some satisfaction in the fact that I have been helpful on the phones, on the computer and by sending business text messages to the technicians who are on call.
If I was at a real job in a fast paced environment, would I be able to post a blog or be engaged with my Spark friends today? Probably not.
So, am I contributing? For now I will do what I can, with the talent and opportunities that I have, to contribute to my home, the office and the greater community.
Monday, July 13, 2009
One of the journal postings mentioned that, "Pride isn't something that is easy to part with, but being unforgiving can eat away at a friendship or marriage. Good relationships have boundless benefits, so work to make them the best they can be!"
Pride can be such a wall that keeps us from being sensitive to the needs of others. If pride is our protective shell, we become self-centred. In contrast to this, relationships need to involve 2 way communication. Here is the problem: letting others really get to know us, allows them to see our flaws and imperfections.
We all fall short of perfection-- get used to it! Don't cut yourself off from interpersonal relationships because you have flaws and fear embarrassment. You'll know a good friend when they do not embarrass you.
It is said that honey (your sweet and kind nature) draws more bees than vinegar (negative vibes). So show your caring, patient, helpful and listening side to draw others to you. Opt out of the vinegar attitude when it surfaces.
You deserve good relationships at home, school, at work and in your community. Give friendship some of your energy and watch it come back to you.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Hello Fellow Sparklers-
I wish I could say that today I am shining bright like a happy, healthy, "in control" super nova, but that's not where my head is at today.
I am surfing the 'net for job postings around my 'neck of the woods' for a receptionist position, or something that would contribute to my community. I like to help others!
Most jobs that are available are paying $10 an hour, which would hardly cover the cost of a bachelorette in the grimiest part of town. It is tough all over, isn't it?
This region of Canada has the highest cost of living, due somewhat to being located on an island. More importantly, I think, it is because of the temporate climate and great views! If I were retired and living on a great pension, it would be an optimal situation... but I am not.
I am trying to be the support staff that ensures others can enjoy their community and keep it functioning. It may take two jobs to 'get 'er done', so I'm keeping that idea open.
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