Reclaiming Identity: Resilience and Integrity in Adversity

Jim Lunsford

I laid it out yesterday: my current job wasn’t a choice but a necessity. But there’s more to this story, a backstory that defines not just where I am but who I am.

I had a job once that I loved. It was a job that wasn’t just work but a part of me. It gave me purpose and identity. But then, I lost it. I was terminated and cast aside like I never mattered. Why? The reasons are twofold: the official line and the real story.

Officially, yes, I made a mistake. But here’s the context: I followed orders and directives my supervisor gave, echoed by predecessors. It was part of the job and what I was told to do. But that’s not the whole truth.

The real reason runs deeper. It’s about choices, about values. I chose my family over the job. When I clocked out, my time was for my family, not for the job. That didn’t sit well with the higher-ups. They wanted all of me, all the time. My refusal to blur those lines between work and home? That’s what put me in their crosshairs. They found a technicality, a small misstep in a sea of compliance, and used it to push me out.

Here I am, in a job born of necessity, not passion or pride. But this isn’t the end. It’s a chapter: a tough, grueling chapter, but just a part of my story.

I’m fighting to return to where I can be proud of my work and feel alive. It’s not just about finding a job similar to the one I lost. It’s about reclaiming my identity and my sense of self-worth.

This journey back isn’t just about a paycheck. It’s about integrity, about staying true to what matters most. Yes, I made a choice that cost me my job, but it’s a choice I’d make again. Family first – always.

So, I’m clawing my way back, not just to a job, but to a sense of pride, to a life where work and personal values don’t just coexist; they reinforce each other. It’s a battle, but it’s one I’m ready for.

For those facing similar struggles, remember that your worth isn’t defined by your job title or the opinions of those who don’t value your principles. Keep fighting, keep pushing. Stay true to your beliefs, and never compromise on what defines you. That’s the path to a job and a life you can be proud of.

Author: Jim Lunsford

Jim Lunsford is a certified life coach, resilience advocate, and seasoned professional in both personal empowerment and criminal justice. With a history of overcoming personal struggles, including addiction and trauma, Jim draws from his life's challenges to guide others. His commitment is reflected in his roles at Resilience Unleashed Empowerment Services, where he empowers individuals to conquer their obstacles. A family man, community servant, and founder of a platform that transforms adversity into strength, Jim's mission is to inspire and nurture resilience within others​​.

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