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Topic: Empty Nester/Retirement (from work) (09/10/09)
TITLE: Do Over's
By Judy Webb
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It was my last day on the job. Retirement was waiting in the wings for me. I am not one to look forward to inactivity, I am too motivated for that, but I am open to making a big change in my life. I am ready to turn my life upside down.
I had been a writer on a daytime drama for entirely too long. My life was becoming a drama too, and not a very good one at that. I had filled my head and heart with so much negative talk as I wrote out the actors’ lines each day, that I was having difficulty discerning good from bad.
For years the same characters were cheating on their taxes, having affairs with co-workers, dying then miraculously returning to life! Too many storylines of sibling rivalry, spoiled rich kids spending their inheritances before mommy and daddy even left this world filled the pages of tomorrow’s script.
Then, a little over a year ago my mother died. Going through her things I found a business card in her wallet and read a note that was hand-written on the back.
“Give Dee this card when you think the time is right.” It was signed, Phil. The front of the card revealed Phil’s last name to be Murphy.
I was searching my memory and recalled that Phil, a member of her church, was an agent. Mom spoke about him when she was trying to get me to go to church with her. She said how impressed Phil was with the writing I was doing for the daytime drama and said if I ever wanted to switch agents, he would love to talk to me.
Mom not only wanted to get me to church, but she wanted me out of the seedy business I was in. She considered it to be ‘worthless drivel’. She viewed the show as sinful and pointless; saying that no one ever learned a lesson nor changed their ways. They just kept running around in the same silly social circle year after year living a life a depravity. Mom never did mince words.
If I was honest I would admit that I had not been happy with my job for a number of years. It paid the bills and that was about all the satisfaction I got from it. But, writing for a Christian program sounded more boring than what I was already doing. Besides, I had not been to church since I was a teenager. That fact alone should disqualify me from working at a Christian focused job.
Then, out of the blue I received a call from Phil Murphy. After expressing his condolences for my loss he said he wanted to meet with me to discuss a business proposal. I agreed to see him over lunch and that, as they say, was the start of it all.
Phil was changing his career path from agent to producer. He cast out his vision for the programming for a Christian radio show and I became excited. Some of the wonderful memories of my own time in Sunday school and Summer Vacation Bible School flooded my mind. I remembered that it was those fantastic tales of love and Jesus; it was the fun and adventuresome storylines that planted in me the seed to write in the first place.
As a teen, I would to create Bible story characters and write scenes for them to act out. The neighborhood kids would use my stories for impromptu puppet shows. It was a wonderful memory. Why hadn’t I remembered this before?
Phil and I talked long into the dinner hour. His ideas were captivating and I was enthralled with his creative mind and his open heart. I am sure mom had more on her agenda than getting me to leave my job when she told me about Phil. I learned over dinner the next evening that Phil was single and two years older than I.
Tomorrow I begin my new job as head writer, (and only writer for that matter) of a Christian radio program called Do Over’s. God has prepared me for such a time as this. He has given me the courage to quit my stable job with a steady income and take on a new and, somewhat iffy venture.
I have a renewed faith life now and will be working 24/7 for Him. Oh, Phil is part of the deal too. God is good!
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