Saturday, March 27, 2010

Old Cheese vs. New Cheese

Imagining myself enjoying new cheese even before I find it, leads me to it.
Spencer Johnson, M.D.

Life is no straight and easy corridor along which we travel free and unhampered, but a maze of passages, through which we must seek our way, lost and confused, now and again checked in a blind alley.  But always, if we have faith, a door will open for us, not perhaps one that we ourselves would ever have thought of, but one that will ultimately prove good for us.
A.J. Cronin

These quotes come from the book entitled Who Moved My Cheese, written by Dr. Spencer Johnson.  I can totally relate to the insight provided here.  I never planned for nor did I dream of a career in outpatient mental health.  I was in a temporary job ten or more years ago and needed a full time job.  I had faith that God would direct me accordingly.  I had plenty of office experience, but no medical or mental health experience when I received a call from an office manager in a mental health practice that they were having difficulty finding someone for a position in their practice.  Mind you, I was simply doing my job when this call came in to the office.  I was working in a personnel office at the time.  I needed a full time job and knew in my heart I was the person to fill this position.  I didn't seek out that full time job.  However, the job found me, because I believed without a doubt.
To make a long story short, I did get the job in the mental health office all those years ago.  Today, I am still employed in a mental health office (not that same one as Allen retired from the Air Force and we moved back to his home town) and I know this career field, though I didn't originally seek it out, is the career field of God's own choosing for me.  No, it wasn't always easy or pleasant, and sometimes I needed an attitude adjustment.  Because I knew in my heart God chose it for me, I brought gratitude back into my heart and experienced peace that sustained me then and continues to sustain me each and every day.
I imagined in my mind that I would move from a temporary job to a full time job even before I was hired.  As I often say in my office "if you can imagine a negative 'what if' you can also imagine a positive 'what if'.  I imagine I will have a wonderful day today!  How about you?  You can if you think you can!
Take care.  Love, Nan

1 comment:

  1. Nan, this is so beautiful. Even at 60, I feel the Lord is leading me someplace that I never imagined. Am I a late bloomer? Not in God's eyes. I think He's just found different ways of using me. I can't imagine anyone more suited and compassionate to be working in the mental health field. May the Lord Bless you and your family.