Saturday, April 21, 2018

Looking Up!

I don't believe that if you do good, good things will happen. Everything is completely accidental and random. Sometimes bad things happen to very good people and sometimes good things happen to bad people. But at least if you try to do good things, then you're spending your time doing something worthwhile. Helen Mirren
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I don't believe that if you do good, good things will happen. Everything is completely accidental and random. Sometimes bad things happen to very good people and sometimes good things happen to bad people. But at least if you try to do good things, then you're spending your time doing something worthwhile.  - Helen Mirren

I don't believe that if you do good, good things will happen. Everything is completely accidental and random. Sometimes bad things happen to very good people and sometimes good things happen to bad people. But at least if you try to do good things, then you're spending your time doing something worthwhile. Helen Mirren
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/helen_mirren_534603?src=t_good_things
don't believe that if you do good, good things will happen. Everything is completely accidental and random. Sometimes bad things happen to very good people and sometimes good things happen to bad people. But at least if you try to do good things, then you're spending your time doing something worthwhile. Helen Mirren
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/helen_mirren_534603?src=t_good_things
I don't believe that if you do good, good things will happen. Everything is completely accidental and random. Sometimes bad things happen to very good people and sometimes good things happen to bad people. But at least if you try to do good things, then you're spending your time doing something worthwhile. Helen Mirren
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/helen_mirren_534603?src=t_good_things
The last four months or so have certainly been eventful. In December, I had two car accidents in one day. I'm still dealing with some of the effects from that, including the fact that my neck still hurts every time I turn my head to the right. And yes, I went to a doctor about it. She basically said, "Right, but did you schedule your mammogram?" I think I will need to break up with this doctor because she is always more worried about getting me back for other procedures (get dat revenue!) than she is about why I came in to begin with.

My luck got a little worse in late February, when my appendix decided that 48 years together was more than enough. I recovered from that and then lost my job in April.

When I lost my job, I was touched (truly!) by the sheer volume of friends and family who reached out to me. My friend Jennifer sent me some fancy vegan chocolates to console me. Several people checked the job boards at their places of employment and passed my resume around. A former boss did a lot of networking on my behalf.

I reached out to some of my LinkedIn contacts and just happened to connect with the "right" one, the owner of a technology company in Denver. I'd referred a couple of clients to him in the past. It just so happened that he had a position that would be a good fit for my skills and background. We met at a Starbucks last week when he was in town on business. I was really impressed by his charismatic yet easygoing demeanor, as well as his passion for the work his team is doing for clients.

So, it looks like I start on Monday! I'll be working remotely (the owner is sending me a Surface tablet next week). The company isn't set up to have employees in my state so I may have to go the sub-contractor route until that's set up. I never dreamed that my job search would end so quickly. I am beyond grateful. I realize now just how stressful my old job had been. Things were not going well and I felt like I had become a professional apologizer. ("I'm sorry that your site is down. I apologize for the inconvenience . . . ") Now I can look forward to a brighter future and a fresh start. I know it sounds corny but I'm genuinely excited about it.

I've been thinking a lot about luck. I don't know if I really believe in it. I'm also iffy on the phrase "everything happens for a reason." People say it to be reassuring, which I have certainly appreciated. However, when I was younger and suffered four miscarriages, the only way through it was for me to come to an understanding that sometimes terrible things happen for no reason at all. And sometimes, when you least expect it, amazing things happen, too.

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