My journey to find a job has been a lot of ups and downs. When I lost my job due to circumstances beyond my control, it was a huge down. I was totally acclimated to my job. I knew exactly what to do. I had my friends on my job and we worked well together. My job fit my schedule perfectly and the pay was adequate for my needs. Then I began putting in applications and realized maybe I could do something I always wanted to do. That was a big up. Somehow I let this job go because I was willing to settle for something that was more convenient for my circumstances. That was a down, but after all I was going to get this job that I wanted from the start and it wasn’t out of my comfort zone. But I let that job go, too, because it wasn’t all that it seemed to be. That was another down. Still, I got back on the horse and started the application process all over again. I don’t know where it will take me. It is a treasure hunt.
Let me explain treasure hunt. It’s not what you’re thinking. I’m not planning to find a chest full of diamonds and rubies or a pot of gold or anything so wonderful as that.
When my youngest daughter was just a child, we went for walks all the time. Sometimes just for fun I’d say we are going to have a treasure hunt on our walk. What did that mean? Well, it meant that we would look for something useful. Something useful that some people think might be useless. It might be a pen, or a hair barrette or a penny. It could be something that someone dropped. A small toy, a piece of jewelry or a hat. Whoever found the treasure first was the winner.
It wasn’t really much of a treasure. It all depends how you look at it. One year on our anniversary my husband and I went to Pittsburgh for a few days. We dropped our daughter off at college after Thanksgiving break and Pittsburgh was an hour away. So we decided to celebrate there. I forgot my gloves and it was the beginning of December and very cold. We were walking over frigid windy streets and across many bridges and I found a glove. I put it on and then I found another glove. They didn’t match. But they were treasures because they kept my hands warm.
I am on another treasure hunt. I’m not out to find the most valuable job in the world, or the most successful. Just something useful that maybe other people wouldn’t even want to do. But it will be something that will work for me and make me feel valued again. A treasure is in the eye of the beholder.