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Topic: Empty and Full (06/04/09)
TITLE: Faith Take the Wheel
By Carolyn Summerset
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Wind blowing through her shiny auburn hair, cars hurriedly whizzed by as they headed down the highway. Jada pressed hard on the accelerator pedal as she cautiously glances at the gauge. Oh, okay, she mutters “it’s leaning towards “F.”
Beep, beep, beep. I wish these people would just get out of my way. Can’t they see that I’m in a hurry? You can hear her signals blinking. I need to get in the left lane, Ah, all right, maybe now I can make some progress.
This was Jada’s life. It consisted of one meeting after another. She maneuvered quite well awarding her one conquest after another. Her Vice-President title fit her well, just like her 9 West green leather pumps and Donna Karen fitted celadon suit. She looked the part of a successful businesswoman.
Jada reached across the imported beige leather seats of her Lexus to retrieve her burgundy Blackberry. She takes a chance and quickly eyes her messages while driving. What’s this she wondered? One of her messages is red-flagged. It’s from the Director of Regional Services. “We are sorry to inform you that your services are no longer required. However, we’d like to take this time to thank you for the excellent job you’ve done. Your personal items and severance check has been forwarded to the address on file. Thank you for your dedication and service.”
An intense beige cloud swallows up Jada. It morphs with the green shoes, burgundy Blackberry, and wood dash. It became annoyingly amplified by the sounds of cars racing pass her. Honk, honk, honk, “lady what’s wrong with you!” yelled a truck driver. Jada struggled to physically feel her hand on the steering wheel.
She hears a tap on the window. “Lady are you alright? Said the officer. Jada impatiently pushed on the button to let the window down. Yes, yes, officer. She looked at her gauge it was on “E,” empty. How could that be she mumbled to herself. You’re one fortunate lady said the police officer.
The e-mail filled her full of fear. I’ve handled CEO’s of large companies and never quivered she said to herself. How could this have happened, she thought to herself. The question was rhetorical. Jada had become full of fear, leaving her empty on faith!
Six months later. Hello, Ms. Brown. “How are you today, Frank?” Frank was the friendly security person that faithfully greeted Jada. Did you ever think you’d accomplish such a large task as he eyed the glass 4-story building that read “Jada Brown Enterprises.” When I loss my job, I decided that I’d emptied myself of doubt and do for myself what I had successfully done for others. I choose to become full of faith! With faith, all things are possible, to them that believe. They chuckled for a moment and walked up the path to the steps of the building. Frank said, I’ve wanted to ask you for some time now about that. Frank pointed to an unusual sculpture on the company’s loan. It’s a reminder said Jada as she walked through the glass door of the building.
It was her precious beige Lexus that had been totaled on that terrible day. The day she read the e-mail that changed her life.
There was a gleaming copper sign that read “Empty of Fear but Full of Faith!
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