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Updated on August 28, 2010

I graduated from college in the late 70's. Ever since then I have not known the meaning of the word unemployment; I chose where to work.

Recently my three year contract with a non-profit ended, was not renewed and I found myself "on the streets of of my city in Virginia. At first it seemed as though I could easily find the next job around the corner. A series of events made it difficult for me to go out to look for work.

During this time bills have gone unpaid, including the mortgage. Recently I joined the statistics ... over two million homes have been foreclosed ... I know the feeling. I have faced so many setbacks in a period of four months. It caused me to sit up one night to admit, Just when I thought I had reached the bottom, something else happens to remind me the bottom is not yet.

Losing a job, family health insurance, property, and all the challenges one faces due to lack of income, seemed to be the end with no hiding place; but, is not the end of the world. There is hope. There is another time, a true end of things. It is not yet.

Life has to go on. During a time of crisis and systems failure one has to look ahead in life, search out opportunities. I see mine every day. I see what lies ahead, if I can only persevere. I forget what lies behind. I miss the big money the non-profit used to pay me. I miss the big office space that was my office and I miss the big title, Manager, that used to embrace my official title.

Living on this side of life has reminded me truly to value what is absolutely necessary in life. I am grateful for the experience. As a someone said to me recently, being in this place also shows you who is your friend indeed.

Anyone felt what I am talking about? ยง

Here I am in a navy-blue jacket at wedding of my son Manley in Choma Zambia Aug 2010.
Here I am in a navy-blue jacket at wedding of my son Manley in Choma Zambia Aug 2010.


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      MacDonald Chaava 7 years ago from Lawton. Oklahoma

      Thank you all very much for feedback! I feel greatly encouraged by your comments. This experience current and ongoing. I know that one day I will look back and laugh at it all, but I do not want to forget how it really felt!

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      Lori J Latimer 7 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Thank you for sharing! I think these pressures and changes are opening up avenues we did not know existed! Keep up the Faith, it's going to be alright! Promise. I know that in one hour everything can change. Write On Brother, Write On!!!

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      Dave Mathews 7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      I went from having a thirty thousand dollar a year income down to a thirty-six hunded dollar a year income in less than six months.


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      Sweetsusieg 7 years ago from Michigan

      Awesome Hub. I'm sorry for your plight, it is happening all over this country! Good Luck with your writing!

      Voted up!

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      Katie Luense 7 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      Awesome Hub! I rated it up a notch! Keep on writing! Oh, yea! Been there done that! I found that having an attitude of gratitude really helps. Focus on what you do have, be thankful, then dust yourself off and try a new way of doing things! Looks like you are on your way! Your best day is yet to come! I know it!