So. He told me that he felt like the Kiss of Death sometimes, because every job he's ever had he's been on staff to close down the company, whether it be a school or a store. I thought this was interesting, and being an English major that pays close attention to metaphors and symbolism as well as a Catholic, who thinks everything happens for a reason, thought that his position in his jobs also served a purpose in his life. I don't think he ever thought about it like that.
I could not let go of the idea. I thought, well, what is it about closing something down? It's the final, permanence of something. There is the taking everything down and boxing up and giving back to the merchandisers, the goodbyes to the patrons, customers and co-workers. There is this process of letting go. There is no "ifs" "and" or "buts" about it. It is a final decision from corporate or the head of the company. The employee must go along with this decision and go through the closing process. I think this is a strong visual. The closing of a store. The signs that read, "5 more Days til' Close" or "Everything Must Go".
I then thought, I think these positions were given to my friend as a learning process. God gave him this job at this point, to show him the process of letting go. I think this assumption is accurate because my friend seems to have a very hard time of letting go. I don't think he realizes that God is trying to show him how to let go. But he is. He is showing him how you let go both in a physical and mental sense.
I do not know what has happened in my friend's life that he cannot let go of past pains and hurts. But I really wish he would because I know those memories hurt him.
I wrote this blog thinking I would delve deeper into some kind of truth but I already knew this answer. God knows whats best for us. We just have to make ourselves more aware of what he is doing for us, rather than spending our thoughts or energy on negativity.
I know I can probably do that more as well.
As for my friend. I really hope that all that hurts him, he will soon let go of. I hate to see people I care about hurt.
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