From a cheezy movie, Maid in Manhattan:
“Sometimes we are forced in directions that we ought to have found for ourselves.”
So it’s only a mediocre film, but this line caught me by surprise.
Several years ago, I was laid off. It caught me by surprise – in fact I could hardly breathe. People I trusted, who I thought were friends, were the very ones who quietly destroyed my world. It was so painful; I still have nightmares about that place and that day. The problem is, I should have seen it coming. The writing had been on the walls a long time, at least six months.
So, I was forced in a direction that I should have found on my own. But, Providence smiled on me.
One of my dearest friends underwent cancer surgery that same fateful day – and she needed me. Not the Jennifer who was overworked and stressed, but the Jennifer who was available and tender-hearted. We spent the next six weeks together, recovering. She helped me update my resume, and I helped her move around the house. We both look back on that time with fondness, because we were each able to love a friend who was wounded. I owe her a debt that I can’t repay – she helped my find my way.
To Leanne – I love you and I thank God for that awful day.