Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Spectral Light and Ukelele

This particular configuration of spectral light only happens one day of the year. Because of the winter cloud cover in coastal Northwest Washington, many years can pass with no sunlight coming through the prism on my windowsill on February 3.

This year I noticed the light just as I was going to sit down to take an on-line test that might lead to an end to my long stretch of unemployment and would allow me to work from home and set my own work schedule.

Although I had been screened by the job recruiter before being allowed to take the test, the computer program written for the test determined that I was ineligible for the job for reasons that the recruiter had determined were not a problem. Although I have 20 years of experience as a medical transcriptionist, the computer program told me to come back when I had more experience. My hopes aren't dashed yet, but this may be a door that isn't going to open for me. I emailed the job recruiter for clarification.

Perseverance furthers.

I opened the I-Ching at random and found this:

The Abysmal repeated.
If you are sincere, you have success in your heart,
And whatever you do succeeds.

And then I remembered:

She knows there's no success like failure
And that failure's no success at all.
(from "Love Minus Zero/No Limit," Bob Dylan, 1965)


Then at 2:30 p.m. I received an email from the job recruiter requesting me to go through the computer log-in and sign-up process again and to answer "yes" to the question about recent experience (even though I don't have any) so that I can take the test ...

It's 7 p.m. now. I just finished the 4-part assessment after encountering bewildering technical difficulties requiring multiple phone calls for technical support. Finally, I decided to switch from my PC to my MacBook and had no problems after that.

I'll hear back in 3-5 business days whether they are still interested in hiring me. Whether they are interested in hiring me or not, I know now that I can do anything I set my mind to!


Art Farmer said...

Then you have succeeded after all! No longer the phoenix rising from the ashes, you ARE flying, on a heavenly flight path which no human can calculate for you, but one which you surely have wings for. What an inspiring story! They say the journey IS the destination...and spectral light in February is undoubtedly a gift from Above. We are so elevated by your experience and receptivity, perseverence and faith in yourself.

Loren said...

Hope you get the job, am.

am said...

Art Farmer and Loren -- Thanks so much for the encouragement!

robin andrea said...

I love that spectral light, am. Quite beautiful.

Good luck with the job. I hope you get it. Truly perseverance furthers.

am said...

robin andrea -- Thank you, too! The job recruiter called this afternoon and arranged for a phone interview tomorrow morning at 9 a.m.

Ciara said...

AM, I'm rooting for you too. Hope everything will go just right. :-)

Anonymous said...

great to hear these positive steps. and to see the encouragement from you friends. they'll be lucky to have you.kjm

bev said...

Good luck with the job, Am. I hope it comes together for you.

Anil P said...

The spectral light is amazing. It might actually be a harbinger of good tidings.

Wish you the best with your interview.

am said...

Ciara, kjm, bev and Anil -- The interview was successful! Thank you for your kind wishes.

There is a final interview coming up this week. I'm doing the footwork so that I will be prepared.