Power of Perseverance-Part II

>> Thursday, February 13, 2014

Everyone knows this popular verse:
1st Cor 13 Love always protects always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

From looking back, good really came to me just for preserving. That family member who was negative about my future success, shows regrets for ever treating me so poorly. I was never rude to them and this must have been the sour in their milk. I feel so bad for them, more like pity than anger. For the professor who inadvertently stated I would not make a “fine clinician”, I graduated with a 3.75 GPA regardless of his grade of a “D”. I eventually sought counseling myself after I went through a mild despair for having to leave the job that I loved, settle for a menial job and then be the only student rejected from a program that would change the course of my life. What did I do? The year the program started I paid for the classes offered by the program. Because it just started, the courses were not closed to the student population. The look on the professor's face when they walked in and saw me sitting in the front seat, was priceless. The professor walked to their desk and addressed me by saying, “Well hello”. In my response, “Hello to you too.” After a year of taking courses the student's thought I was one of them, accepted and registered with the program. When they found out I wasn't in the program, a few students started advocating for me. I applied the second year and was excepted. I improved the menial job given to me after the State said I could not keep my former job due to licensure requirements.

Upon leaving to come to Virginia, over the year in a half of looking for work, I was able to start a non-profit even with a few naysayers. The job I prayed for gave me great experience but there was a lot of bias. I was stuck giving 100% with no way to advance compared to other peer members in the agency. Then I had an interview that I wasn't going to attend because it was working for a new private practice that just opened. All I kept hearing was the horrible words from the last interview at that former private practice, “You are not private practice material”. I mean, she would know, right? She would know what it takes and maybe I did not have what it takes. I actually showed up just for the practice of the interview, not expecting them to hire me. Several months later, I was on a forum with the best of the best in my field and there she was; the woman who said I would never work for a private practice because I could not change a light bulb, I mean I was not private practice material. She saw me and my name but I guess did not have the nerve to approach me. All in all I have learned sometimes love and passions have to be redirected. I also learned that sometimes perseverance means “prove them wrong”. But lastly, you will never be disappointed in the long run for persevering and sticking to what you believe to be true and right. There is always a good and sometimes refreshing pay off.

James 1:12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

The Advisor, Talker, Sensitive One, Fighter, Extrovert, Believer, Mother, Wife, Perseverer, Ponderer, Survivor, Optimist, Human Being....