-I'm (was) Standing on Shaky Ground
It went down like this. First, I got a call. Them I had a meeting. Next, the floor was falling out from under my feet. Then I heard music. It was some rocker from Austin Texas singing a song called, Standin-On-Shaky-Ground. It also had a funky Stevie-Ray-kinda-funky-guitar thing going on. Oh yeah, right; Get on with the story...
Shaky Ground Feels Like...
Sweaty palms -- dry (cotton) mouth -- loss of appetite. All of the above. Anyone out there ever had these maladies outside of an emergency room situation? Some of you can identify with this. The bottom is falling out; you're slipping down that slippery slope. You're falling...and ya can't get up. YOU, my friend, have entered the, Standing-On-Shaky-Ground Zone.
Finances are probably the most powerful form of energy save Solar energy from the core of the universe. My finances and career took a right jab to the head. Did I see it coming? Sure, but I couldn't duck in time. Why? Because, I was Standing-On-Shaky-Ground. As gut-wrenching as it was, I also felt a sense of encouragement.
Encouragement can find us in the darkest of places...the deepest of holes. In fact, when the Standing-On-Shaky-Ground monster comes upon us, we attempt to grab on to something -- anything in order to regain our footing. But it doesn't work like that...does it?
The Best Part of Standing-On-Shaky-Ground
Whenever I began to seek meaning to the mundaness of work (all work is mundane, trust me), I find encouragement and comfort in two places. One being the Holy Bible (KJV); the other? My Blogpost review of Thomas Moore's, Life At Work--Caring for the Soul. Call it vanity; call it shallow hypocracy, but Life At Work put it all into perspective for me. I was Standing-On-Shaky-Ground because I had asked for it...I had secretly wished for this. Waaat?
Don't get me wrong. When a man or woman is assaulted and/or accosted, NO! They didn't ask for it. Beyond that, much of what occurs in our lives, are of our own doing. Trouble is -- we see it coming...know it's coming. Betcha by Golly Wow; Gee Whiz. We just can't avoid it; can't get out the way. Can't duck. We're Standing-On-Shaky-Ground.
The Conclusion of the Matter
Whatever YOUR Standing-On-Shaky-Ground is. A Life-threatening medical diagnosis, job loss, breakup of a relationship, divorce, work stress (including production quotas, demotions, and/or PROmotions), or simple burn-out -- Standing-On-Shaky-Ground doesn't have a magic portion to fixit or make-it-disappear.
We must go through the fire...alone. When I was Standing-On-Shaky-Ground, I found comfort, courage, and clarity via Prayer and meditation, but I did not find relief. Standing (now) on the other side of the issue, I've gain strength from it all. But, it still wasn't pretty or sexy. It Was What it Was. I was Standing-On-Shaky-Ground.
What about you...what is Your, 'I was Standing-On-Shaky-Ground.' I'm curious to learn about it (as are this blog audience). How did you handle it? What were your thoughts and feelings? Did you make it out uncut? Did it defeat you? Leave a Comment(s)...