Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Hired and Fired ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Hired and Fired ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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I'd been offered a five-year contract with an organization whose motives and ethics I loved and wanted to promote - and the icing on the cake was that the job was overseas. It offered huge potential, a wonderful new adventure, and the opportunity to contribute and progress.

I packed my possessions into storage, gave up my apartment, and said au revoir to loved ones. My first meeting with my new colleague lasted five hours as we got to know each other and bounced ideas around. We couldn't wait to get started.

After a couple of months, a bolt came out of the blue. My managers told me they wished to terminate my employment because they felt I didn't fit in.

What? I had gone through a week of interviews and supplied half a dozen character references, and they'd had to apply for visas for me to work there. It would have made more sense if I had committed some crime. But not fitting in? There were no comments on what I had done that was not fitting nor how I might adapt to fit. They wouldn't consider the idea. They had, however, booked me a flight home for the following week.

Where had I gone so wrong? Fear, panic, and failure flooded in. How I would get my life back onto an even keel and find the ability to think rationally became key priorities.

I knew that whatever else happened, I didn't want to leave holding a grudge. Resentment and anger had to be dropped; they were not the qualities that nurtured openness and progress. There had to be a solution, and it could be a blessing for me. Even before I had seen the job advertisement, I had been praying for a higher sense of purpose and progress by acknowledging that God is the provider of those qualities, and that my place and activity are God-directed. I reasoned that if God had brought me here, He would show me wherever He needed me next.

I decided to go on vacation. This gave me time to pray and study more earnestly - to heal the hurt. I took with me a copy of the Bible and "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, and a copy of the Christian Science Quarterly. I asked a Christian Science practitioner to pray with me. …

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