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  • Look to the Past for Some Gratitude This Thanksgiving

    thanksgiving gratitudeIf you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time, you may have noticed that I don’t tend to follow the crowd. So at a time when everyone is asking you to be thankful for what you’ve got right now, I’m going to ask you to look backward and be grateful for something that you didn’t get in the past; especially if it was something you really wanted. Sometimes NOT getting what we want is blessing, although we don’t often know it until years later.

    Here’s an example from my own life:

    First, the background: I have a Bachelors degree in biology and spent 10 years working as a chemist before I went back to school to become a massage therapist.

    Next, the meat of the story: Although I had initially loved my job at a certain environmental lab, I had grown to hate it for many reasons, none of which are important to this story. So I did what most people do when they hate their job: I looked for another one. Desperately. The job I hated was 45 miles from my home, so I sent resumĂ©s out within a 60 mile radius. I was willing to have a longer commute just so long as I could leave this job. I thought my prayers were answered when I got a call to interview for a position in the bacteriology department of a meat processing plant. I had plenty of experience doing the types of testing required for the job AND it was only 20 miles from my house. I thought the interview went well and waited rather impatiently for a call for a second interview. And I waited. And I waited. I finally admitted to myself that I wasn’t going to get the job. I was crushed and resumed my job search.

    The grateful ending: Fast forward about a year or so, and I’m still working at the place I hate and I’m getting depressed by the lack of results from my job search. I picked up a newspaper one day (yes, this was a LONG time ago) and there on the front page was a story about the meat processing plant that didn’t hire me. They’d had to recall a number of products due to bacteriological contamination. Everyone in the bacteriology department lost their jobs. Suddenly, I was thankful that they hadn’t hired me. I may have hated the job I had, but at least I had a job.

    To this day, when things don’t work out the way I’d hoped I remember this incident and wonder how I’ll feel about my present disappointment in the future.

    Now it’s your turn. Have you ever been disappointed or upset by a turn of events, only to find out years later that it was actually a good thing? Let me know in the comments below.

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