How do we persevere when everything and everyone seems to be working against us? Despite our hard work and efforts, progress seems slow and setbacks are frequent, leaving us wondering why we even bother. It’s easy to feel defeated and ask, “Why me?” But it’s important to remember that adversity is a universal experience; even the best of us face challenges and setbacks.
The key to pushing through is to never give up, even when it feels like we’re only taking one step forward for every two steps back. We must remind ourselves that this difficult time is temporary, and like the Latin proverb “hoc autem factum est” reminds us, “this too shall pass.”
While the journey may feel endless, trust in a higher power or belief system and have faith that the difficult times will come to an end. Here’s a short story to inspire you:
Abby’s world crumbled down in just a week. Her boss fired her from work, accusing her of insubordination, after she refused to submit to his advances and called him out on his inappropriate behavior. Losing her job hit Abby hard, as it had taken her four years of hard work and dedication to secure the position. Unfortunately, her boss had handed over the company to his son, who she had been working as a personal assistant for three years.
From the first day the son took over, Abby knew that he would be a challenge, but she was determined to make the situation work. She lived in a company apartment, drove a company car, and had both dental and health insurance. Her paycheck was more than enough, allowing her to save a substantial amount of money each month. Additionally, she had a wonderful boyfriend who was successful and ranked among the top 25 lawyers in the country. Abby thought that life was perfect.
However, that was not the case. Abby’s perfect life came crashing down when she lost her job, and she found herself in a desperate situation. Despite everything she had lost, Abby refused to give up. She knew that she had to keep moving forward, even though it felt like she was taking two steps forward and one step back. Abby had to believe that this was temporary and that things would get better in the end.
On that fateful morning, Abby arrived at work early to fulfill her boss’s request to book a flight to China. Her boss had planned to leave that night, but Abby was unable to confirm his seat the day before. As she entered the office to tidy up, she found her boss sleeping on the sofa with all his clothes on. She attempted to tiptoe out, but her boss woke up and beckoned her to come sit next to him. He then attempted to grab her, but she quickly got up. Unfortunately, he was able to grab her bottom before she could push him away. In response, she called him a pig. The result of her actions was a sack letter and orders to return all company property in her possession.
The loss of her job and everything she depended on left Abby in shambles. She attempted to reach out to her boyfriend, but found that his phone was turned off. Desperate, she drove to his office and met with his secretary. The secretary was shocked to see her and asked if she had missed her flight. Confused, Abby inquired as to what she meant. The secretary then revealed that the boss had gotten married in England, and all the staff had assumed that Abby was the bride. Overwhelmed, Abby fainted and woke up in the hospital with the secretary and a doctor standing over her, asking if she was okay.
Abby was in a state of despair, feeling like she had lost everything that mattered to her in one fell swoop. She had lost her job, her company car, her apartment, and worst of all, her boyfriend. The news that he had gone to England to get married to someone else had hit her hard, and she couldn’t see any hope for the future.
For two days, Abby had locked herself away from the world, refusing to talk to anyone or even take care of herself. But her friend and former secretary refused to give up on her, and eventually convinced her to come out of her apartment and come stay with her.
The secretary helped Abby get cleaned up and packed up her belongings, since most of them belonged to the company. Despite her friend’s kind efforts, Abby still couldn’t shake off her sense of despair and hopelessness.
But she had forgotten one important thing: that God never disappoints and is always there to help us through our struggles. Abby needed to cast her burdens upon Him and trust that He would guide her through this difficult time.
With time, Abby began to see the light at the end of the tunnel. She started to believe that she could make a fresh start, and that things would get better. It was not going to be easy, but she knew that with God’s help, she could face any challenge that came her way.
The secretary’s daily prayers for Abby had a positive effect on her psychology, leading her to develop a more positive self-image. Together, they continued to pray, and Abby eventually made the decision to seek out a new job. On her way to her hairdresser’s complex, Abby coincidentally ran into her old boss, the chairman of her previous company, who was unaware of her dismissal. After explaining her situation, the chairman introduced Abby to a man who was looking for someone to manage his company while he relocated abroad. The chairman highly recommended Abby for the position, citing her successful management of his own life for three years. As it turned out, the man was impressed by Abby and offered her the position of CEO, complete with a five-bedroom house, two company cars, a steward, cook, summer tickets, health insurance, and access to a beach house. In short, what seemed like a closed window for Abby turned out to be a massive open door.
As the saying goes, “Cast your burden upon the Lord and he will sustain you.” So let us trust in Him and believe that we will overcome any challenges that come our way. Have a wonderful weekend, and God bless you.
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