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Topic: Employment (01/26/12)
TITLE: How to be Happily Employed
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I had always loved writing stories and prepared for a career as a writer by writing small articles for local papers and self- publishing two novels; one receiving an honorable mention the other – two five star ratings. I had laid the groundwork and believed I was ready for my new life’s adventure.
You see, I never liked office work and only succumbed to it in order to pay my bills. When I was young I dreamed of being a Commercial Artist, but after studying for two years and then pounding the pavement in New York City looking for work, I realized I would never make it in that field. I needed to earn a living so into the 9 to 5 office work world I went, tail between my legs.
Thirty-five years later I promised myself I would make my mark as a writer. Somewhere in between the Artist years and the Office Work years I discovered I could write. I took a three year course in the subject and found my calling as a Christian Fiction Writer and things were going well for the first time in a long time.
I also secured some teaching positions as a Creative Writing Instructor in local community centers. Things were going great – I had reached my dream – finally!
I love mentoring my mostly ‘senior’ students. When I see the fruits of my labor paying off with a work being published or a goal being reached by one of my students, I am grateful that I had, in a small way, planted that seed.
If you would have asked me during my Secretarial years what employment was I surely would have said, it’s a way to pay the bills, but now employment means something totally different – it means a way to give back to my community and fulfill my God-given purpose in life.
My prayer for you is that you too will find that which God has called you to and thus, know the fulfillment of a life that has purpose and meaning.
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