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I received a letter from a reader and I feel compelled to post it here because I’ve never been so inspired. I’ve changed the names in order to conceal their privacy, but the general idea remains the same. After reading this letter I felt empowered; I was ready to take on the world.

Read it for yourself and see why:

Dear Josh;

A few months ago I lost my job, my husband, and my mother- all within a span of two weeks. I was fired from my job as an Accounts Coordinator at a popular advertising firm for sticking to what I believed in. My husband, being unsympathetic and rash, left me, citing that we have not been able to get along for the last several months and that this was the icing on the cake. Four days later my mother died.

I was devastated.

I don’t think there’s ever been another point in my life where I’ve felt that low, that pathetic, that worthless. I was small- smaller than a bug, and it appeared as if life was about to squash me. I woke up every day in tears, and this went on for weeks. No matter what I did, I just couldn’t pull myself out of this rut that I had been forced into.

I later realized that I hadn’t been forced into anything, and that being fired was the best thing that ever happened to me. I am still unsure about my (former) husband, but I have decided to move on. Approximately a month after my mothers funeral I realized that I was fired because I hated what I did, I hated who I did it with, and I hated who I worked for. My attitude sucked; I was cranky, jumpy, and generally just unpleasant.

God had actually done me a favor. He gave me the kick in the behind that I needed to make some positive changes in my life, and I decided to start with my career. I wasn’t going to look for another Accounts Coordinator position. No way, no how- I was done with that jazz.

I started looking for a position in a field that is completed unrelated, but it was something that I had always wanted to do. I wanted to become a firefighter. I wanted to save lives. I wanted to help the community.

I’m writing you because three weeks ago I received a letter from the city, welcoming me to the department. I’m a firefighter now, and I’m loving every moment of it.

I’ve learned that you really can change, that life can get better, and you can love what you do. I’m living, breathing proof of that.

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2 Comments »

Comment by Jeff Kee
2007-07-23 09:23:46

Sounds much more exciting than account management. Good stuff.

 
Comment by Karen Lynch-Live the Power
2007-07-30 14:07:31

What an inspiring story! Sometimes the darkest times are just before the sun breaks through!

 
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