Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Then the Lights Came On

Being in a movie theater, after the movie comes to an end, it takes a moment for my eyes to adjust to the light and my surroundings once again. The credits start to roll. The smell of popcorn lingers in the air as I step through the sticky aisle, bumping into the seats as I walk.

Suddenly, the doors to the theater open and I'm blinded by the reality of the light. I squint first and hesitantly walk towards the exit. By the time I'm outside, I suddenly acclimate myself to where I'm heading, with certainty.

That's been my life the last few months...almost two years to be exact. I have bumped into more walls, tripped over my mistakes and landed face first into consequences with a hard landing.

I have cried out to God so many times, He's probably lost count of just how many times I've yelled, "Help!" In fact, I'm sure he now realizes that my life is more drama and comedy than it is suspense and mystery.

I moved to Oregon as a leap of faith. Never had I done anything so gutsy...well...not so gutsy as leaving most of my stuff behind and taking only what I could bring in my little car. But, it felt right. Even now, I can't explain the effects its had on me. Unlike Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, I wake up with a smile on my face and tell myself, "You're not in California anymore, Simone."

The things I've missed the most, have been my daughter and son-in-law and their baby puppy, Sofie. I try hard not to think too hard on missing my twin sister. There is nothing I wouldn't give to hear her say, "We're moving out to Oregon!" Even that, I'm learning isn't an impossibility.

Yesterday, I was offered a full-time position with the company I was hired. It was going to possibly be 20 hours to start but not only did I hope but seriously WANT it to be full-time.

This has been what I've needed to know that I'm home in a place where I can soar, grow and love.

I don't look at this as the ending to my story but the beginning. With many sequels to come.

Thank you all for your words of encouragement, prayers, wishes, friendship and more. It means the world to me to know that I've never been on this roller coaster alone. Now, I'm heading back to the food counter for some Hot Tamales. Can't wait to see what's next!

21 comments:

Nezzy said...

Woohoo girl, stand back and move the furniture 'cause I'm doin' my big old happy dance here!!! I'm so happy for you sweetie...God is good!

You have a marvelously blessed day!!! :o)

A LADY & HER LAPTOP said...

I'm so happy for you!

Jill said...

How wonderful you got the full time position! congratulations. That was quite a move you've made! I've moved a lot with my husband's previous job. Just have to mention he is also a twin (identical). There is a very special bond between him and his brother. :-) Hope you have a great evening!
Blessings,
Jill

Mari said...

I'm so excited for you!

Terra said...

You are having a big adventure, and congratulations on your full time job in your new home in Oregon.

Stacy Uncorked said...

I LOVE this! Congrats on getting the full-time position, too!

When we move back to Washington State in the next year or two (where I grew up, and where all my family still resides), if you're still in Oregon I'm going to make it a point to plan a trip down to visit you! If that's OK with you, that is - *grin!*

Brian Miller said...

this is great news!

Relyn said...

Looking forward to the sequel. Keep us posted.

Lin said...

YES! So glad you landed the job!! Hooray! Now you'll have someplace to go each day, feel useful AND smart, plus you'll have a paycheck! Wow. Nice start to the rest of your life, pally. :) I knew it would come!

Saranne said...

WHOO HOO! Congratulations - I am so happy for you! YEAAAA! oxox

natalee said...

i'm sooo happy for you my friend.... my nana had a saying on her wall in Italian.. translated it was..
fall seven times stand up eight

you certainly have stood up...xoxoxo

Sandra said...

Beautiful post! Loved your metaphorical comparison of life to a movie theatre...you were talking about life right? You don't actually go to the movies THAT often do you?
Anyway, I loved this!

Joanna Jenkins said...

High Five Simone!!!! That's outstanding news. I am thrilled for you. Congratulations and keep up the great work!
xoxo jj

Reyna said...

Congratulations to you!

Wanda said...

Bold moves of faith can be challenging but rewarding when you come out on the other side, you have a greater awareness of God.

Megryansmom said...

Wonderful news, congratulations.

Redbonegirl97 said...

Great post. Good Luck.

Peace, Love and Chocolate
Tiffany

Farila said...

Simone sweetheart, has this been a divine hint for me? I am trying something like that in my life but being a cancer survivor with special needs child, I do not have enough guts to go ahead. May be this will be a push towards my goal.
I am so glad you are having change for better.

Tee aka The Diva's Thoughts said...

Congrats on the job girly!!!

mrstdj said...

YES!!! Congrats on the job lady!!! So happy for you!!

Linda Myers said...

All RIGHT! Congratulations!

I, too, moved from California to Oregon - it was many years ago. So glad I did it.

 

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