I am a 25 year old that has been through many things in life. I feel my purpose on earth is to help others, that is why I am currently working as a volunteer for Americorps through Goodwill. "The ultimate happiness lies within self" you have to first find what makes you happy, what makes you want to get up in the morning, what your dreams are, and your ultimate goals.. So you may then use the one thing that never depreciates in value "your mind" to obtain it. I have had many ups and downs in my life with finances, jobs, health, relationships etc... I have now come to realize that we control what happenes to us, our destiny, our outcome in life. All you have to do is first think of what you want and then go for it, it is that simple... The greatest inventors, artist, prophets etc, all had something working for them their mind, their drive, their want and need for something more. I believe in the "Law of Attraction": "If you want something and truely believe it's possible, you'll get it", but putting a lot of attention and thought onto something you don't want means you'll probably get that too. I have experienced this theory many times before.
4 months ago I was written a bad check from my employer at the time. The check was over $1,000 for two weeks pay. The check of coarse bounced in my bank account and then the employer was not trying to rectify the situation. This was a bad situation for me, because I had to pay rent, car note and other bills and since I was obviously not working for this man anymore I was then unemployed and had an overdrafted account. I tried everything to get this man to give me my money that I worked very hard for, but he decided he wanted to be a jerk. I tried taking him to small claims court, reasoning with him, emailing him, going up to the office to speak with him, calling the department of labor and other divisions, the police, everything!!! I was not about to let this man get over on me and win. It consumed me so much, that all I could focus on was making him pay financially and business wise. For whatever reason none of these things were working in my favor. This went on for four months, and in that time frame I had been kicked out of my apartment, facing reposession of my car, no money coming in, unemployed, hungry, depressed, all of the above. My life literally turned from having everything to having nothing.
After four months I was so in the hole I did not know what I was going to do, where I was going to stay, how to get back and fourth etc... I then decided to be at peace and focus my attention in other areas of my life and to not think about what this man had done to me. It's funny, because right when I let it go and started focusing on not what I didn't have but on what I needed to do to get back on track... thats when things started to turn around for me. A week before Christmas the employer(man who owes me) calls me at 8am and says "I didn't have the money then but I do now, I want you to have a good christmas and pay your bills, so you will get your money today around 12noon". Hmmm, that was a great wake up call, kind of late since I was way in debt but still refreshing to hear. A day later the tax auditors for my Unemployement Benefits Claim called and told me they were investigating this man and my case so I would receive benefits, which a month before that call I was told I was not going to receive any benefits... With the money I finally got fromt the employer I was able to get out of reposession and pay some other bills. I had found a place to stay, and was able to get back into school. Though my student loan had been in default, I was also able to get out of default without spending a dime and obtained some scholarships to pay for school.
All this being said, you have to put positive energy where needed. If I would have dwelled on what I didn't have, my life spiraling amoungst many other things negative I would have never been able to get my life together. I would have probably been worst off, but because I made a choice to do something about it, positive things began to happen in my life and are still happening.