There’s a moment when we learn the news and disappointment sets in. Fear digs a hole and takes root. We wonder alone or aloud how we will make it work.

But this is also moment of great opportunity, a chance to give time to the things I’ve been neglecting: writing, family, God, new developments.


There is more than one definition for the season I will soon enter, along with thousands of other federal employees. I can choose to define this as “unpaid time off” or “forced leave”, or I can see it as “liberty”, and “rest and relaxation”.

I believe with great certainty and hope that this new season will be full, good, enriching. Not empty or full of fear. But I’m not waiting for the season to define itself. I’m going to write the story now and watch the details agree with me as I go.

Wherever you are now, when you look around at your circumstances, you can see they can be described and defined many ways. Fear is easy to see, I’ve learned.

But can you see the possibilities held inside the empty spaces in your life?

What are you being freed to do that you would never have taken the time to do, unless it was being forced on you?

What great good can become of a trying or troublesome thing in your life?

Share your thoughts below. I would love to hear your victories or struggles in this area.

2 thoughts on “Redefining the News

  1. I spent the better part of 2012 either unemployed or doing some freelancing and at the time it was panicking, terrifying and scary. I won’t lie and say I didn’t have a few sleepless nights but now that I’m working again I can look back and see that those 8 months off are actually a good thing for me. They let me step away from my chosen profession and come back to it with fresh eyes. I got to spend a few months learning what was new in my profession so that when I did start working again I’m better than I was before. Good luck with your forced vacation! Thanks for stopping by earlier, too.


    1. Thanks for the encouragement. I agree that these sorts of forced vacations can have plenty of benefit. And I plan on extracting all of it. If my little side ideas don’t work, my back up plan is to work in a floral shop, some weird employment fantasy I’ve had for a while. I know someone who owns one so I bet I could make it happen. Moral of the story: I can’t lose here. I just have to keep the good attitude.


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