Damsels in Distress – A Dime a Dozen

Bit of a glitch this week finding time off from anxiety about the election outcome, impending storms, and both unpaid bills/taxes, to post something inspiring. Just keeping it real dear readers, for while gratitude for each little victory continues to run high, discouragement is nipping at my heels.

Taking care of other people in is a great job, and one that I enjoy tremendously. At the same time, unfortunately, they cancel dates or change schedules with regularity, making it very tough to pay bills, or schedule other life necessities with any predictable consistency.

In an effort to reinstate a sense of control over my life, and refusing to take on the role of ‘Damsel in Distress’ – I will be training this coming Saturday for my latest position at the Deli counter at a new Stop & Shop in our community. It is honest work for which I am grateful, and I am looking forward to being in a stimulating environment learning new things.

I went to orientation last night in the height of the wintry storm, and wondered often what I was doing in a room with six other trainees who ranged in age from 15 – 18 listening to a talk about customer service. As time went on though, I enjoyed being focused on things like safe food handling, and store protocols. I even managed to get a few rows of my latest knitting project done on my break!

My new job is only six miles from home, and although not really a good color for me, I like the idea of my cheery new uniform, (gold jersey, black apron, matching ball cap and slip free shoes). The fact that I won’t need to buy clothes is a bonus.

Oh, and have you ever looked at images for damsels in distress? I was surprised to find that the overwhelming majority of them have to do with bondage and pornography. What’s up with that?

And to all our Veteran’s past, present, and future, we thank you for your service.

Here’s praying as I head ‘off to a good start’, opening to the next version of this strong resilient woman. Blessed be.

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19 Responses to Damsels in Distress – A Dime a Dozen

  1. erin says:

    My friend, I know that your stores of resilience feel low right now – but you’re a fighter and survivor. And you’re much beloved. XO

  2. lapetinaa says:

    Great attitude,Beth! I’ll be visiting you at the deli counter one of these days! Onward and upward!

  3. Samantha Amey says:

    Best of luck in your new venture, Beth. I sense that your attitude will make it into a learning & growing experience. When I was facing the loss of my little house due to divorce & the resulting poverty, I took a job in a general store closeby, which allowed me to keep my head above the turbulent financial waters, allowed me to be out in the community & allowed me to gift the folks who crossed my path every day with a smile & a brief sense that someone cared about them & their daily lives. It was a great lesson for me in the “make lemonade” syllabus. I’ll be thinking of you. Peace, Sam

  4. Clanmother says:

    I love your energy and enthusiasm! You will be amazing. As for the damsel in distress – I have no idea what that is all about! Makes me want to be anything but a damsel….especially in distress!!! Strength and courage – that is what I see in your posts!

  5. smacken2008 says:

    Great news!

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  6. Sylvie says:

    Those stop and shoppers don’t know how lucky they are to have you! do they have a decent salad bar for lunch? you are so darn resilient!

  7. Wishing you all the best, Beth in your new job. 🙂 That is a great photo up there, by the way. 🙂

  8. Deborah says:

    Who knows what new truths you will learn about yourself and others because of this new job. This is but another step on your path. Step boldly and confidently knowing that it is where you are meant to be right now. Proud of you and always here for you, Deborah

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