Food For Thought, and a little Manna

Saturday, October 19, 2013

This year has been exceptionally hard for my husband and I. Without getting into all the details, my husband and I both lost our jobs in January of 2013.  I was able to find a new job by April, but he was not. He has been on unemployment for 10 months now... something we never anticipated. It's not like he's not trying, but you see my husband works in the entertainment industry, and they only hire seasonally. He got shafted on the last TV show he worked on and they didn't pick him up for their new season. By the time he realized they were not going to ask him back, all the other TV shows were staffed. We've always known things like this happen, it's just how "the industry" is. A lot of people in Hollywood miss the hiring season, and then have to wait for the next season to be staffed. But for us, we don't make a lot of money so surviving on one income is very very trying. My story is nothing new unfortunately in our current economic climate, but that doesn't mean it doesn't affect my moods/happiness on a daily basis. I am constantly fighting off emotions of fear, anger, frustration, jealousy and resentment.

For the most part, I have come to terms with the situation and I just tell myself that, 2013 is a bad luck year.  But the other day I was reading Laurel's blog, and she wrote about something her family calls "manna."  I googled Manna to see if there was a definition of it, and apparently Manna was a miraculous food provided to the Israelites in the wilderness during their trip to Egypt. Another Definition, but along the same lines is, "Something of value that a person receives unexpectedly."  I was raised in a Christian home, but I've never heard of Manna, and I certainly have never applied it to my life the way Laurel showed me.

Laurel started out her blog post by talking about how she had to use her savings to pay a bill. She voiced her frustration about every time she and her husband have some extra cash, an unexpected bill comes up. Although, Laurel would love to be able to not have to spend their savings on unexpected costs, she reminds herself that the money is actually a blessing. She calls this "manna."

After reading Laurel's post, a light bulb went off in my head. Perhaps 2013 hasn't been a bad luck year, what if it's been a blessing? No, my husband hasn't worked, but he has been able to focus on his writing. He is an aspiring TV writer, and he has completed 3 scripts this year, and has 4 others partially written. This might not seem like a blessing at first, but some day (which I believe will be very soon), someone will call him up and ask to see a writing sample. And thanks to our unwanted unemployment situation, he will have many writing samples. I believe that when we look back on this year, we will see the time off was much more valuable than the money would have been in our savings account.

Laurel is also the manna I needed today, she brought me the little gift of foresight and hope. Thank you Laurel for sharing your experiences and  inspiring others!

My Husband and I at the Grand Canyon this past Summer. Since we can't travel abroad, we decided to visit some places close to home.

6 comments :

amy+mayd said...

I like the way you are looking at this. Financially, 2013 has been very much a struggle for our family as well; lots of hospital bills... but just trying to be grateful that we can barely cover all of the bases. I was just telling the hubby, I wonder if someday things will change economically and we will look back at this time and think wow we made it through a rough patch. Nearly everyone I know is going through some financial situation right now. Hang in there your love will persevere you guys obviously have that "it" factor! Someday hopefully we can celebrate on the other side of this with a great financial year. xoxo

Arielle Thibodeaux said...

I really love your new perspective on this not-so-good situation. I think changing perspectives will help quite a bit :). When I thought we would never sell our house, I decided to change my thought about it and put a piece a paper around our home that said: "Our house is sold." I kid you not, after going some time with no lookers/buyers...a week later it sold. Good luck!

Tiffany ( Pieces of Me!!) said...

I love your story!! I have sooo bn in your shoes. and I have learned a few words that will always get me by and it is "THIS TOO SHALL PASS"

Laurel Feierbach said...

Tori! I am so glad you shared this! Sometimes the blogging world can seem like I'm tapping on the microphone asking, "Is anybody listening?" Haha! It's so amazingly encouraging to hear when others benefit from something you write. So thank you for sharing! I'm glad what we've been learning was able to bless you!

Abigail said...

OMG!! Tori, this was such an inspirational post. I feel the same way sometimes too. Though my situation isn't as dire as yours would appear, I anticipate that something like this could happen throughout married life, of which I am nervous and excited to embark on soon. Thanks for the insights and for sharing what you learned from Laurel as well. It was such an inspiration!

Abby
Life in the Fash Lane

Rachel said...

I know the original story about manna but I'm never thought about it in an "applies to me" sense! Thanks for sharing your view on this--I can imagine that it's been a challenge for him to have gone so long without a job!