What am I doing with my second life?
Husband, dad, artist, cook, traveler, nature and wildlife enthusiast, brain aneurysm survivor, sinner saved by grace thru faith in ܝܫܘܥ of ܢܨܪܬ.
Love you all as you are.
Cover and keep the chicken for 48 hours in the refrigerator to marinate well
The chicken can be spread out on the grill because of the way I've cut it,
And it will cook well on the inside on low flame
a Polish friend had given us a small bottle of Żubrówka Biala which they brought back from Poland. I added some Canadian ginger ale, squeezed some fresh lime and made a drink (this is not part of the recipe)
While I was focused on the chicken, A wasp flew into my drink. I quickly rescued it and let it go!
The contents of this post are
counter-cultural, but the circumstances are true, and they reflect my personal
For the past few months I’ve been
unemployed. Although I’ve made many job applications, met lots of people and attended
several interviews, nothing has materialized in terms of getting work. I
accepted an opportunity several months ago only to realise that they were
looking for a quick buck. I got zero support from that company, and all they really
wanted was new business, overnight. My mistake accepting their offer. That gig
lasted forty-five days.
All the other Canadian companies
I worked for were acquired by the Americans, resulting in my unemployment and
instability in the Canadian workplace. I don’t like the way Americans invade,
divide and conquer, although many Canadians accept this so called ‘business’
attitude as a normal way of life. I see it as nothing but capitalism and greed.
There are times when I get very
frustrated looking for work – companies offering minimum wages and others preferring
to hire inexperienced people. So, a few weeks ago I gave up searching for work.
Also, although I contributed into
the Canadian system for fourteen years, I am not eligible to get any support
from the government of Canada, because I was self-employed for a brief while.
So, in a nutshell, nobody cares.
But all through this time, I’ve
had one consolation.
GOD’s Amazing Grace and Sustenance!
Imagine being unemployed, with zero income, for three months, and me
trying to listen to and obey an unseen GOD, when I have bills to pay and a
family to feed.
Truth is, society is broken – professionals
have proved this to me themselves, that they are incapable – yet like a fool I
keep trusting them, and going to them for help.
For example, I am connected to at
least a hundred recruiters on social media websites like LinkedIn. Yet, not one
of them has been successful in helping me find work. I realise that social
networks are nothing but a waste of time and money, unless you can interact
with people and get something done after an online interaction.
I have been interviewed by people
who know that I have more experience and skills than they do.
think they will ever hire someone more skilled and experienced than them? ☺
If you want to know how broken
leadership can really get in the workplace or elsewhere, just look south of our
border, and start from the very top!
The Good News is that, through
all these months, GOD has provided me with sustenance.
And HE has shown me more than
once that I need to stop trying.
HE’s saying “Be Still and Know That I am GOD” - Psalm 46:10
HE’s telling me to focus on HIM, and not on me or those
HE’s asking me to depend on HIM, and not on me or anyone
In other words,HE’s saying,Stop Striving(I know this is counter-cultural)
So here I am still unemployed, doing
just that, surrounded by HIS grace and provision, in HIS backyard!
To summarize, there’s a story of
a fisherman and a rich businessman that’s been translated across cultures and
languages with several adaptations. Hope you will gather some wisdom and be
enlightened by its meaning. Written by Heinrich Theodor Böll, it’s an Anecdote concerning the Lowering of
A smartly-dressed enterprising tourist is taking photographs when he
notices a shabbily dressed local fisherman taking a nap in his fishing boat.
The tourist is disappointed with the fisherman's apparently lazy attitude
towards his work, so he approaches the fisherman and asks him why he is lying
around instead of catching fish. The fisherman explains that he went fishing in
the morning, and the small catch would be sufficient for the next two days.
The tourist tells him that if he goes out to catch fish multiple times
a day, he would be able to buy a motor in less than a year, a second boat in
less than two years, and so on. The tourist further explains that one day, the
fisherman could even build a small cold storage plant, later a pickling
factory, fly around in a helicopter, build a fish restaurant, and export
lobster directly to Paris without a middleman.
The nonchalant fisherman asks, "Then what?"
The tourist enthusiastically continues, "Then, without a care in
the world, you could sit here in the harbor, doze in the sun, and look at the
"But I'm already doing that", says the fisherman.
tourist walks away pensively, with no trace of pity for the fisherman, only a