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Saturday, September 24, 2005

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Arwen,

Glad you're feeling better, and starting to figure things out. I've had few of those "what am I crying about?" meltdowns over the last year, and it's always hard on my husband. It's a good thing we married such great guys, eh?

I'm glad you were able to feel free to quit your job (does that make sense?). Even when the circumstances are not so bad, it's a burden to be doing something, not because you want to do it, but because you think you ought to want to do it. It sounds like working was one of those things for you. Hey, now that you've joined the ranks of the unemployed, you can come visit me more often! ;-)

I have a sneaky suspicion God's got some great good something for you, just around the corner.

Much love,
Kate

I'm glad that you were able to identify that your job was adding to your stress, and to make the move to leave. I can relate--when we were first married, I disliked my job so much that I believe it contributed to putting me into a mild depression. Good for you for taking this step. As far the rest, know that you're in my prayers.
Take care of yourself,
Katie

As I'm sure you know, AA has the serenity prayer -- "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference." Maybe we should found Perfectionists Anonymous with the same prayer! Anyway, it looks like in this case He did. Love you!

I am so glad you have found a way to decrease the stress! Jobs that suck the life force out of oneself -been there, done that and I know how hard it is to leave work at work and home at home. Rest up! I'm praying for you!

Perfectionists Anonymous - I'll join up!

Good on you for leaving your job if it was grinding you down like that - I think we've all been there, and you definitely did the right thing for your health and sanity. Do you have any plans for the immediate future or are you going to relax and regroup? Either way, take care of yourself; you're going through a lot right now as it is.

I'm glad you had the courage and faith to quit a job that was bringing you down. I once had a terribly stressful job where no one would teach me or train me on anything. A few months later of course I get a bad evaluation basically for not understanding how to do the stuff they wouldn't train me to do. I quit, and had to humble myself with a messer lesser quality job for about a year before I found a good job like the one I have now. Try to trust in God to open another door for you soon. God Bless
Lisa

Leaving my job earlier this year helped me tremendously. I hope your time can be spent better now, in a way that makes you happy.

Tuesday sounds so horrible. Shudder - I'm sorry you had to spend a day feeling so awful.

I think maybe leaving your job is part of a process of stripping your life down to the bare essentials - finding out what you need to survive these hard times, and clinging to them. Jettison the other stuff. Apologies if analysis is unwanted and/or totally off-beam!

Sweetheart--

I am so glad that you figured out what was bringing you down and were able to fix it. I wish that I could have been there to give you a hug and comfort you in the same way you've done for me so many times--of course, you had Michael to do that. Know that you are in my prayers daily-- I can't wait to see you this weekend!

Love love love,

Mag

As usual, I just read your weekend post today. I had a life-sucking job too, once. At the time, it was my only source of income, but it was making me miserable and I felt like a failure for not being able to do my job well. After 4 months at the job, my then-fiance took me by the shoulders and said "Sarah, it's not you, it's the job. Get a different job." His words opened my eyes to the fact that there were, wonder of wonders, other jobs out there. I found a new job, quit the awful job, and discovered I was competent after all. :-) Enjoy being unemployed, even if only temporarily! I'm quite looking forward to it, myself (although my husband is already pointing out work-from-home ads in the newspaper, hint hint, sigh...).

I'm so sorry that you're experiencing such overwhelming heartache. While our reasons for heartache are different, I can relate to the sentiment expressed in this post well...being unable to pintpoint exactly what is wrong (feeling like just EVERYTHING is wrong), the desperate desire to trust God and be at peace, the perfectionist tendencies. Thank you for your honesty, for admitting that you do have days like Tuesday, for sharing your courage to face your sadness. I hope that leaving your job helps, and that the interim unemployment gives you time to refresh yourself emotionally and spiritually.

Thinking of you.

Oh, I know the feeling, and I'm glad you're in a place where you could quit your job and be ok. And hey, now that you have all that free time, you can come hang out!

I am so impressed with your ability to walk out of that situation. I'm terrible at doing so - loyalty and endurance are faults as well as virtues with me - and I really respect your ability to make such a change in the face of your money worries and everything else. God bless you.

By the way, great score on Text Twist - I love that game!

I am SO sorry that things have been so hard lately. My heart goes out to you, and I wish I could give you a huge hug in person (if getting a hug from me wouldn't weird you out, that is).

I think you are doing a really good job at continuing to pursue God through all of this. Praying, reading your Bible, going to church ... I KNOW that God is so pleased and blessed by your faithfulness. I hope that you sense this even when you are feeling sad. I truly hope that you will continue to feel God's guidance down this path, as difficult a road as it is.

Please, if you ever need to talk about all this, I am always here. E-mail me, and I can send you my phone number if you feel like that would help at all. I would love nothing more than to talk and pray for you "for real".

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