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Keeping Hope Alive

One of my greatest life lessons, to date, is learning that everything in our lives happen for a reason.  Upon my release from prison, I applied at more places than I could count, was turned down by many, and applied for more positions.  One employer, after being honest about my criminal record, offered me a position as a receptionist.  I was so excited and thought things were looking up.

Unfortunately, my enthusiasm was short lived.   I arrived early for my first day but was disheartened when the employer notified me that another employee in the organization did not feel comfortable with me in the office as I had been incarcerated.  My heart plummeted and my hope diminished.  The person apologized but ultimately the job was offered to someone else.   I had to take a moment, regroup, and begin my search anew.

When one door closes, another one opens.  After this obstacle, I secured employment at a transitional house, and began my 500 hours of community service hours at Goodwill Industries of NWNC.  Now 5 years later, I am working at Goodwill Industries assisting others with criminal records.
I look back to that moment and now want to thank that employer for not hiring me as I am now in a position that I love.


Tonja Fultz

Project Re-entry Employment Specialist

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Attitude

ATTITUDE
Charles Swindoll

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.  Attitude to me is more important than facts.  It is more important than the past, than failures, than success, than what other people think or say or do.  It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skills. It will make or break a company…a church… a home.

The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday the attitude we will embrace for that day.  We cannot change our past…we cannot change the inevitable.  The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude…I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it.  And so it is with all…we are in charge of our attitude.

Attitude

•    Your thoughts (attitudes) and not the actual events create your feelings.  All experiences must be processed through your brain and given a conscious meaning before you experience any emotional response.

•    Only your thoughts can upset you, but if you learn to think more realistically you will feel less upset.

YOUR ATTITUDES FOLLOW YOUR THOUGHTS

•    Face it; nothing is carved in stone, take control of your life.  Believe in yourself.

Remember: 10 two letter words
If it is to be,
It is up to me!

Tonja Fultz

Project Re-entry Employment Specialist

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