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Just a random rant...

Thursday, November 07, 2013

This really has nothing to do with weight loss, or being healthy...just a rant from me so I can get it off my chest. It is not meant to offend, or be controversial, just what is in my brain.

SO...on Facebook, I constantly see posts slamming people on government assistance...unemployment, food stamps, etc. I am one of those people. I was laid off on 4/1/13, and in order to feed myself and keep the home I recently purchased, I needed help from the government.
I was one of those people paying for groceries with food stamps, while talking on my iPhone. Why? Because until April, I could AFFORD my iPhone, and NOW I can't afford to cancel my contract.

I was unemployed for 3 months. I diligently searched for a job, and got rejected more times than I can count. When I was finally able to find someone to hire me, it was part time, 20 hours a week until a contract came through to move me to full time. To supplement the difference, I NEEDED the unemployment benefits so I could keep my home, and put gas in my car.

TODAY (11/7/13) I FINALLY was able to go full time. After 4 months of working part time, I'm finally working 40 hours a week again.

But for the past 7 months, I have felt ashamed because I NEEDED government assistance. I was lumped in with the stereotype that people on government assistance are lazy and don't want to better themselves. While I know there are some, not ALL people are. So please consider this the next time you see someone in line at the store buying groceries with food stamps talking on an iPhone.
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    This is so true and I completely understand. While there are a lot of people on assistance that shouldn't be (that's another discussion) there are people who have fallen on hard times and needed help to get back on their feet.

    This can be applied to any number of situations. We should not judge because all we see is a snapshot of other people. We don't get the context of what we see in that snapshot. One true story that illustrates this well was of a father who got on the subway with his two children. He sat down and zoned out while his kids ran crazy all over the car, slapping people's newspapers down. Finally, the guy next to him couldn't stand it anymore and asked him if he shouldn't do something about his kids. He snapped to and apologized, explaining that they had just left the hospital where their mother & his wife had died an hour previous. We. just. never. know. all. the details.
    1403 days ago
    Good for you Wendi for clearing the air. We never know what someone is facing or going through. I'm sure 7 months was heartwrenching not being able to work full time. I'm really happy for you that you were able to go full time. Such a blessing from God! My daughter, who has a degree has been looking for over 2 years and nothing has come in except sales jobs. She's either overqualified, underqualified or doesn't have experience. We know you can't get experience unless you can find work.

    Have you had time to visit some of our team threads?

    And just for the record to anyone else, she and her husband are living with me and she's not on government assistance and wasn't when they didn't live with me. They actually moved in with me to help me financially. Just saying

    Take care Wendibird! Love the username!!
    Love and Blessings,
    Dari emoticon
    1407 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/14/2013 3:00:06 PM
    Good for you for not accepting negative labels for yourself and for being "one of those" who is doing what you can to improve your life. I never have agreed with stereotypes because "things aren't always what they appear" and who are we to judge. It just brings people down instead of lifting them up! SO GLAD you are working full-time now!! emoticon
    1407 days ago
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