by Kenneth Justice
~A good friend of mine was recently fired after many years on the job……
although I wouldn’t say my friend ‘loved’ their job; it was their sole source of income and my friend’s life has been completely rocked upside down because of the situation.
What can you say to a friend when something like that happens?
There is little consolation in the face of massive misery.
When I worked in the jail and the rehab clinic much of my time was spent trying to console clients who were at the very bottom of the pile when it came to misery. You can’t sink much farther beyond incarceration.
The years I spent working in the human service field taught me that it is beyond difficult trying to console people who feel like their lives have come completely undone. Most of the time, the best you can do is offer them a shoulder to cry on……
Oddly enough……that is what this blog is about; a little consolation
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist or a psychologist with the skills of B.F. Skinner to realize that a large majority of people in Western Culture are unhappy….
Our way of life here in the West is pretty strange when you think about it; there is so much to distract us from the things that matter most.
Piled on top of the discontent the average individual experiences in relation to their vocation and relationships is the massive level of disconnect people feel in relation to their religious community.
It often seems that so much of our life is spent trying to fill the void we feel from a lack of satisfaction in our relationships, vocation, marriages, religion, and more.
And so I began the experiment of writing a blog……trying to capture the pulse of what people are feeling;
–> the discontent of their vocations
–> the loneliness of not having a significant other
–> the anger of having to deal with religious hypocrisy
–> the disconnect in our relationships
–> the general dissatisfaction toward our individualistic way-of-life here in the West
Of course…..there are the joy’s in life we experience as well…..
unfortunately, with 50% of Western Society hooked on Med’s and 90% discontent with their vocation…….much of our feelings are void of joy at times.
But, there are little joys in life and we shouldn’t ignore them.
For me it is listening to Bob Marley music……I’ve been watching a 5-part documentary for the past week about Ziggy Marley and two of the other sons and I’ve really been enjoying it…..
For my friend who was fired, a little consolation came in the form of a newspaper story two weeks ago; the manager who fired my friend (unjustly I might add) was recently arrested and charged with multiple counts of embezzlement; the manager is going to go to jail for having stolen a couple hundred thousand dollars from the company.
Some call it Karma
Others quote Proverbs; “You reap what you sow”
In the end….whether this life or the next we will find consolation…..
And whenever I feel at a loss toward all the injustice and suffering in the world it is at that moment my faith in God kicks in and I have to trust there is a greater meaning to our lives that we don’t necessarily see at the moment.
We can’t all stand atop mountains every moment of our lives. But when we are in the valley we must remember what it felt like up at the top and be mindful of the beauty and inspiration that swept across us as we stood looking down….
Another cup of coffee calls me,
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