Out Of No Way, A Way Was Made.
Several years back I posted a story here sharing my joy at receiving a wonderful job opportunity that many thought impossible. After a number of years working in this job and achieving some great happiness and growth, things began to change.
I still loved my role and many of the relationships I had there, but poor leadership and lack of support were beginning to erode my sense of satisfaction and my health. I was becoming more stressed and felt unvalued, despite my dedication and good work.
Then some major and life altering events occurred during the year, not the least of which was the COVID situation. Although I could consider myself well off since I was still employed and had suffered no “real” injury or loss, I was still in a bad way. Try as I might, I felt I had to make what hardly seemed a choice. To leave my beloved position to prioritise my wellbeing and that of my family, and to seek a way of life that would give me the support I needed. I, and many others, could see that this might not be a wise move, given the job market and world situation. However, I felt this was the only way.
My employer responded badly to my leaving and this also hung over my head like a dark cloud. I was feeling cut off from what had, at one time, been almost my whole world. I felt depressed, isolated, and unsure. There were days when I threw myself into vigorously applying for new jobs with a renewed sense of optimism. Then other days, I all but gave up on any prospect of continuing my career, let alone finding a job at all.
I should mention that I work in a very specialised kind of position. Most employers in this field know each other well and there are limited vacancies scattered across the country. A bad reputation, whether accurate or not, spreads quickly. Leaving a job for another one could also mean having to uproot your whole life to go to another city for a similar opportunity. I was also a bit choosy as I did not want to end up working somewhere with the same issues as my previous workplace. All of that and adding COVID to the mix, was my ideal job even possible?
I decided that this was a good chance to really practice The Secret. I may as well focus on exactly what I wanted as much as possible, however implausible it seemed. I honestly had no idea how things would work out. Would I be able to provide good references? How would I explain my leaving? Would I be financially OK having no job indefinitely? Being a single parent also means trying to juggle the children’s needs amongst all this. That also weighed heavily on me and I worried about their schooling and welfare.
To be honest, applying The Secret was hard for me during this time. Not only for the reasons above but also because I was not really clear on exactly what I wanted. Well, that’s what I thought anyway. I knew what I didn’t want. But then I thought, I don’t need to have it all figured out. I’m going to hand it over to the Universe. All those things I don’t want, I will rephrase in the positive and write them down. I did not know what that would look like, but that’s what I wanted. No matter how far fetched it seemed.
I made a bit of a ritual out of it. I burned a special candle. I wrote my “manifestation” list and folded it under a crystal for clear insight. I kept it by my bed and then I carried that note around with me when going to interviews.
I had what seemed to be a very promising interview but then, all went silent on that front. There were a couple of others too but they weren’t good fits. It was easy to feel dissuaded.
Then one night I had such a strange dream. I dreamt I applied for a job in a far off city that I had seen advertised. I actually had family who lived in this particular city. It was for a position of lesser responsibility and pay. Still, I woke up enthused to apply for something like it.
Not long after, I had an interview for a position that was just like in my dream. I felt pretty relaxed. I was well qualified and I thought they would be happy to have someone with my experience.
As much as they were amazed by my background, they needed someone straight away, which was impossible given my location and circumstances. However, they said they would keep me in mind for other positions. I pleasantly thanked them but secretly wrote it off in my mind and didn’t give it any more thought .
The very next day I was blown away by a personal email from the boss of the company. They said that they were very interested in pursuing me and had a role they felt I could easily fulfil. It was for a higher position than the one I had applied for. It was a position that had been specifically modified to suit me. A dream job, you might say!
After our communication discussing the role, I was further surprised and delighted when the company offered to fly me to them for a visit! I graciously accepted and the timing had it that I got there just before new travel restrictions were reinstated again!
I then formally interviewed, applied, and waited for my confirmation of appointment. I was told it would be about a week for this process to happen. I got to thinking about the timeframe of things. I had written on my note that I wanted the job by the end of the month. The end of the week would now be the start of next month. However, I thought it was close enough, missing the mark by just a few days! But then, I was informed that in fact, I would get a call to finalize things on Monday, the last day of this month!
I now have a contract in my hands with everything I could have wished for. That includes a 6 figure salary which was even more than I expected.
I truly believe the Universe rearranged itself to bring this opportunity to me. I did not foresee applying or being interested in the company concerned until it was brought to my consciousness. And ever since then, everything else has felt quite effortless!
Out of no way, a way will be made.