Monday, January 24, 2011

Dr. Roz and Kil: Hard Times

"Hard times, are spreading, just like the flu..." - Run DMC

Man, it's been a rough ride for a lot of families this past year when dealing with money. So many of my closest friends have been laid off this past year and have really struggled to find another gig. I got laid off in July 2010 and it was a rough six months for my family but I can say though the six months my faith in God held me down. Unemployment was a blessing but 40% of your regular pay is just what it sounds like, 40% of your regular pay! Things were tight but during the whole time, I can honestly say thanks to Tee's love, support and prayers and not to mention my parents, aunts and uncles and friends sending us check after check after check, we didn't sink. When my unemployment was about to run out in November my boss called me to offer me a part time position back with the organization and in two months later he was able to offer me my full time position back which was the blessing my family and I needed.

I believe the key in getting by in these crazy financial times is prayer. You got to get in God's face during these times. Since I've dealt with unemployment before, I kinda know how and when God shows up in my life. Ever since I gave my life to Christ, God always seems to show up in the bottom of 9th inning. 10 years ago when I was unemployed and my unemployment was about to run out God blessed me with a new job at the 25th hour. And throughout those 10 years, even in smaller situations I know God will show up usually right about when everything is about to fall apart. And this time was no different.

Another important thing I did during this time was stay busy. I wasn't sitting around the crib just playing ps3. (even though I did get busy on 2K11) I actually looked at me getting laid off as a blessing and a chance for me to pursue some of my other goals. During those 6 months of unemployment, Roz and I were able to start this blog, I was able to get nice on pro tools and record and mix three albums and I started writing for Couch Sessions and had the chance to interview some of my favorite mc's and singers and regain my love for writing. And truth be told, without me having that 6 months off, I probably wouldn't have been able to get all of those things accomplished. So at the end of the day, I knew God had a plan for me.

And even though I'm back to working and getting my finances back in order, I still have a rack of my friends who are still struggling with these same issues and my mentor Tone always taught me that no matter how good you might be doing, that if your friends aren't doing well, then it's like you're not doing well either. So to all my fellas (and the women) out there who are going through lay offs or yours hours getting cut back or can't find a new gig, just hold tight. Take this time to get closer to God, look at this time as an opportunity to spend more time with your family but most importantly, take this time and just be still and listen to what God has to say to you about what's next in your life. And know Roz and I will be praying for ya'll!


Beverlie Lord said...

Glad to see it all worked out for you. Perhaps, when your finances settle, you'll be able to pay it forward by sending a friend a check or two?

Kil said...

You're in my head Bev! We will be paying it forward, it's what we're called to do!

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