When I had the kids last weekend, I decided to watch my Rodney Yee yoga video to see if there was any hope I could follow along. I left the room for something and when I returned, my little granddaughter was doing downward dog! I can’t even do that! She followed along Rodney, doing perfect little poses (that I can’t do). She didn’t see me standing there taking her picture. Do you love her little p.j.s? I do.
Twenty-eight years ago today I started my first good job in sobriety. I always remember this date, even though it was so long ago. I was sober almost a year and a half. I had walked out on a job 6 weeks earlier. I signed on as a temp, and got sent to an insurance brokerage firm. There were two of us who started that day. When they met with us to give us our instructions, they said one job was pretty straight-forward, and the other was utter chaos. I volunteered for the utter chaos job, and they were impressed. I had actually thought they might wonder what kind of nut I was to do that, but no, they thought it was great. After a week or two, they wanted to hire me permanently. They had to pay off the temp agency to get me, and they were willing to do that… they even gave ME a signing bonus.
That was maybe my first ever taste of success in the workplace. I learned so much about being a sober person at work there. I loved most of the 3 years I spent there. But there did come a day when I had been promoted beyond my capabilities. I lasted 5 months on that job and ended up leaving at lunchtime on Jan. 11, 1989 to see a shrink – at the urging of my boss – and never coming back. That’s not a good memory… but oh, the beginning was sublime.
I thought about that ending many times during the bad job (2012-2013). But I changed my history by somehow (Grace of God anyone?) walking through each day, no matter how miserable, no matter how ill I became, and getting to the other side. Phew.
Big day ahead. Long day at work, followed by another holy hour from 5:30 to 6:30, and then my Financial Peace University class. I am now on week 8 of 9. And I have truly changed my relationship with money.
Speaking of which – my phone is increasingly not working. My camera only works sporadically. My e-mail needs to be reset every single day. I lost all of my contacts for 24 hours a few days ago. Things just disappear and reappear. All this began after I downloaded iOS7. This morning my phone would not work at all. The touchscreen didn’t work. Do you know how to power off a phone when you can’t “slide to power off?” Thank God for google, I found that info. And when I powered back on, it works again.
I happen to think that not having a phone is a safety issue. I am considering purchasing the iPhone 5C. It would cost $99. I WANT the 5S, and I WANT a 32 g, not a 16. But I NEED a basic phone. Last week I went to the Verizon store where I learned that switching from an iPhone to an android is a big deal. I don’t want a big deal right now. I simply want a phone that works. I will talk with my daughter about this, she is my accountability partner for my finances. Any opinions out there?
Take care and have a beautiful 11/14 if you can. But don’t feel guilty if you can’t, OK?