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If the writing is on the wall…READ IT!

Posted by georgiannasaysjustdoyou on November 16, 2010

Seriously. So many times, things happen in our lives that we saw coming. We felt it, we saw it coming and we didn’t act. And then it actually happened.

More often than not, we have some control over the outcome, but we don’t act. Not acting is making the default choice that we are putting our fate into the hands of some external force or person. It is a choice.

Sometimes we don’t act because there exists the smallest possibility that we are wrong or that it MIGHT not happen. These are not unreasonable reactions.

For the sake of having an example, let me use the state of our economy as a scenario. Times are tough. Companies that were flourishing before are having a hard time making ends meet. You watch friend after friend get laid off or have their hours cut back. Every time you dodge that particular bullet, you are relieved. What control do you have anyway of whether or not you get laid off?

If you have read the news, some companies did not give their employees any indication they were in dire straights and one day the employees showed up and the doors were locked and the lights were out. You just never know. But if you look around, the economy is in the toilets.

In truth, you may not have any control over whether or not you get let go. You do, however, have control over how prepared you are for that possibility. For example, how up to date is your resume? Is it ready to go? Have you thought about what other kind of work you could do if your industry is not hiring? Even if you are securely in your job, have you been keeping up your networks? Have you started the rainy day fund? Are you keeping reserves of non-perishable food? (Believe me, folks who never dreamed it are showing up at food pantries).

This message is not just about employment, but it is about life planning. Relationships don’t usually end without warning. Failing a class in school doesn’t come on suddenly. You don’t have full green lawn one day and have it taken over by weeds in 24 hours.

The point is this, you can usually see things as they are headed your way and you can pray that they pass you by. It can’t hurt to read the writing on the wall and prepare for the possibility. The worst case scenario is that you are prepared for something that doesn’t happen.

I don’t have the answers, but I always have thoughts.  Won’t you share yours?


2 Responses to “If the writing is on the wall…READ IT!”

  1. Renee said

    I see the writing on the wall and am reading it, but they sucked the life out of me since their dad left in 1998 and have continued to do so in the passing years -just getting worse. I don’t want to be known as a failure in childrearing my two children. I have given so much of myself that I have nothing left to give. I know exactly what I should do, but I’m being torn in two. I feel that if I have to make a choice, it’s my husband to go.

  2. Georgianna said

    I am thinking of you and your choice. You will do the right thing, however hard it is…
    Love you!

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