The year 1991 was not the best one for me, involving a broken...

The year 1991 was not the best one for me, involving a broken engagement and then redundancy [unemployment]. Was I feeling rejected! However, a Christian Science practitioner and I discussed joy and the fact that all this upheaval was a great opportunity to draw closer to God, which certainly proved to be true.

A friend wrote to me, sharing a definition of redundancy that I found really helpful. He had been in the same situation a few years before; instead of the usual meaning of the word— "becoming superfluous"—he took the definition "overflowing on into something else."

As a matter of fact, I felt I was being handed a real gift, inasmuch as the company had been downsizing and had previously offered me a sales role I did not want to fill. I had been with the company for two and a half years, and in that time the staff had shrunk from twenty-three to seven, which significantly reduced overhead and resulted in a first-time profit. We had achieved what we had set out to do, and just as we had turned the corner I was made redundant.

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February 8, 1993

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