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Encouraging Words for the Job Seeker

But enough about me already!   You hopefully came to this blog to be inspired, not to get bogged down in my insecure ramblings about my own self doubts. So it’s time to turn my attentions outwards. And as I look ahead at the New Year, I also reflect on all the things I have to be thankful for – such as my friends and family, my health, my job. Yes, my job. You see, I have a great boss, work I enjoy doing, and a fairly flexible schedule (thanks to that wonderful boss). But best of all, and something I remind myself of on those days when (and come on, admit it, we all have them) the work isn’t the most thrilling thing I’d like to be doing. Still, I tell myself, at least I have a job and it pays the bills.

You see, I have a very good friend who has been out of work for eight months now. His unemployment benefits ran out a couple of months ago, he’s back living at home to limit expenses, and he’s almost gone through all of his emergency savings. Now something as simple as an invitation out to dinner can be a cause for discomfort because he’s on a really tight budget and doesn’t want to be doing any unnecessary spending.

He’s a great guy with a fabulous attitude and a strong faith. With every interview he’s brimming with confidence that this will prove to be “the one”; only to be disappointed. Still, his faith allows him to believe that there will be another interview and a job for him – soon. I share that belief. But the waiting is tough sometimes. I know despite all his optimism, every now and then he gets discouraged.

At those times, I wish I had magic words; some phrase or nugget of wisdom that would make it all better. For the most part, I’ve learned he really just needs someone to listen. That there is nothing to say that will “fix” things. But maybe there are some things that could be said that might offer some hope and encouragement. Perhaps not to be said at the moment when he is at his lowest – anything said then would no doubt come off as trite and clichéd – but maybe in a card or note sent by way of encouragement at some other point during this difficult time of unemployment.

So with that in mind, here are almost two dozen of the best sayings / quotations I came across that would be appropriate for job seekers / someone who’s unemployed / has lost their job:

“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” –Alexander Graham Bell

“When God takes away something, remember that He is ensuring that your hands are free to grab new opportunities” –Author unknown


“Getting fired is nature’s way of telling you that you had the wrong job in the first place.” Hal Lancaster

“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to show us how badly we want something.” Randy Pausch


“In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.” –Albert Einstein


“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” –Helen Keller


“God uses suffering as a whetstone, to make men sharp with.“ –Henry Beecher


“The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than in growing with them.” –Bernard Baruch


“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” –Helen Keller


“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” –Harriet Beecher Stowe


“The world is round and the place which may seem like the end, may also be only the beginning.” –Ivy Baker Priest
“Experience is not what happens to you; it is what you do with what happens to you.” –Aldous Huxley


“Instead of giving myself reasons why I can’t, I give myself reasons why I can.” –Author unknown


“Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible.” –Claude Bissell


“A diamond is merely a lump of coal that did well under pressure.” –Author unknown


“Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are.” –Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha


“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” –Henry Ford


“The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak becomes a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong.” –Thomas Carlyle


“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” –Dale Carnegie


“Understand that it is ok to be scared or uncertain, however right beyond those barriers ultimately lies your dreams.” –Josh Hinds


“It’s not whether you get knocked down. It’s whether you get up again.” –Vince Lombardi


“Smooth seas do not make skilful sailors.” –African proverb


“You don’t have to figure out how it’s going to happen. It may not work on paper; there may not be a logical solution. In the natural, you don’t see a way, but that’s not your job; your job is to believe”–Joel Osteen

“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will” –Suzy Kassem


Here are links for some of the sites where I found these. The first was the most useful.






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Welcome to the Certain Smiles Blog!

In a recent message, Joel Osteen (message #619-It’s Already Yours) spoke of an impression his father had of a part of Heaven. There was a warehouse full of boxes, each with someone’s name on them. His father asked St. Peter what all the boxes were for. St. Peter explained that they were the blessing that were assigned to individuals, but that those people never claimed for themselves because they didn’t have the faith, or the courage, or the belief in themselves to accept the blessing and pursue it.

I expect my box is pretty darn large. Last week, during a phone call with my boyfriend, we were talking about my Etsy shop and how I could increase sales. He made a very good suggestion. My response: “I’ll have to look into,” which, for me, is code for, “Um, sweetie, that sounds like something that pursuing will have to force me outside of my comfort zone, so while it sounds like a good idea and all, why don’t I just say I’ll ‘think about it’, when in fact I’ll just put it on the shelf until you forget it.”

Kind of like this blog. It sounds like a good idea, but I get intimidated every time I sit down actually come up with content for it. So, after my boyfriend and I hung up after that phone call, I clicked on to the computer game I often play when I’m stalling for time. Turns out, I’ve stalled for time a lot. I checked the statistics. Then I blinked twice and read the numbers again. Yikes. I’ve played that game 2,602 times (and that’s after my computer crashed a few years back and I had to reinstall the game software. I don’t want to think about how many times I played it before then.) At approximately 10 minutes per game, that’s 26,020 minutes, or 433 hours (really?!?!?!) Do you mean to tell me I’ve spent 18 days of my life playing a computer game! 18 days “stalling”? Do I dare post a statistic like THAT on a public blog?

Then yesterday, I found a blog by someone I was curious to learn more about. The author had only done about two dozen entries in 2013; and none since then. It wasn’t a fancy blog, no earth-shattering “never-before-seen on the Internet” content (its focus was on healthy living), but what was unique was the person behind it and the uniqueness he brought to each entry. That’s what made it special; particularly his post about what it means to be a father and his own experience with fatherhood.

And that’s when it dawned on me. OK, you’re not going to find information here that you couldn’t find else on the Internet through a Google search. But you’re going to get it through my filter. Every time I sit down to come up with ideas of what to post here, I think, “but someone else has already done that (and probably done it better).” Well, OK, I’ve taken the first step. Gotten over the idea that what I put out there has to be something that no one has ever done before. The next step is to ignore that constant critic of mine who never thinks anything I do is good enough. That part is going to be harder to accomplish. But I’m ready to conquer that foe as well.

I hope you’ll come along for the ride.

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