Today we would like you to meet Miami, Florida resident Maria Florio. She recently sat down with AmericasFootprints.com and told us about a milestone moment in her life that few others know about. She agreed to publicly share this one story in the hopes that she can inspire others to never lose faith. Because through this experience she has learned that no matter how dark or desperate a moment seems to be, the universe will find a way to get you through it.
Here is Maria’s story, which begins in calendar year 2012:
While I enjoyed the opportunity to always live with my family, I often traveled between homes in order to do so. As a result, my finances were beginning to suffer, and I started finding myself in a position where I would not be able to pay my bills. So in order to maintain the necessary financial conditions and still have time to pursue other long-term projects, I started looking for remote work opportunities.
I began applying to a number of jobs, all of which were a perfect match for my background and experience. But there was one job in particular I knew for certain I had every one of the necessary qualifications for.
That company soon contacted me, and I was invited for an initial interview… passing the first phase of their interview process. But I did not make it through the second phase, and in the end I did not get the job.
When I finally received the standard (non-personalized) refusal letter, I brushed it off at first. But then as I shared the story with a friend of mine, I began to get teary-eyed and felt quite upset. All I could think about was: “if I can’t get a job I know I’m qualified for, then what job CAN I get?”
I wasn’t necessarily doubting myself. Instead, it was just a feeling of hopelessness.
Shortly after this job refusal, I was invited for another interview at a completely different company. You know when you have that feeling in your heart when something is right for you? Well, I had this exact feeling during my interview. And guess what? I got the job!
For me personally, this situation was a “life milestone” that I won’t soon forget. Getting rejected from a job I knew I was qualified for, in a moment of high need, left me feeling desperate and completely lost, void of all hope. I’ve always had faith, but the situation left me feeling like nothing could be done. Yet when I was offered the other job, and had that feeling I was in the right place, I never questioned my faith again.
Believe it or not, if I had to do it all over again, I wouldn’t change a thing. It was the complete feeling of loss, accompanied by an event which felt right, that resulted in my full fledged faith and knowledge that there IS such a thing as “meant to be”, even though I may not understand or see it at the time.
From that day forth, no matter what refusal or hardship I went through (and will go through), I always knew (and know) that it was, and will be, for the best.
In closing: I realize qualified people are turned down every single day for a position, and that there are many others who probably have had similar feelings. So my message to them is simple: know that every situation in your life will always work out for the best. What you may perceive as barriers are not. Look at challenges as opportunities and not as lost occasions. And always, always follow your heart.
AmericasFootprints.com would like to give a special “thank you” to Maria for taking the time to share this story with us today. If you would like to submit a personal story from your past that you believe our blog readers can relate to (and possibly find inspiration through), please contact us for more information. If desired, you can choose to stay anonymous.