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Getting real

To be or not to be--me? Losing and finding a job reveals a fundamental spiritual struggle

Losing a job can shake the foundations of one's identity and worth, but it also offers the opportunity to ask: "Just who am I anyway? Does the way I've been living reflect the deepest truth about me?" Consider Carl. Reality and unreality compete for his allegiance.

In his late 40s, he lost his job because of corporate restructuring after 20 years as an executive with an energy company. Unemployed for 14 months, he found a job with a company 1,000 miles away. Although grieving the second relocation in three years, he moved and took up his new duties with energy and hope. His wife and youngest daughter joined him six months later.


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