Earlier this week I filed for, I guess you call it, UIB. It’s unemployment benefits for folks out of work during the recovery after Flo. I can understand schools are going to be out for at least another week and that means bus drivers and others have also been out of work for a month, the end of next week.
I got a nice guy on the phone, after being on hold for over an hour. He filled out my claim for me and told me to make my check-in calls on Friday and next Tuesday and a form would be in the mail for me. Haven’t seen the form as yet, but I do really understand the situation. So, I’m patient.
Today I called as instructed and found the system has no record of my claim. So. I call and I’m told there is a 111 minute hold time or I can leave a call back. Call back comes a couple of hours later and puts me immediately on hold. After several minutes I get a nice lady, who informed me that the system went down for an upgrade on Tuesday and had just come back up this morning. Hence the reason I had not been able to sign on to my account on DES. While talking to her I found I was now able to log on. She explained to me the guy who helped me earlier had put my info in, but it still had to be keyed into the new system and I would have to call back Tuesday or Wednesday of next week. That’s okay with me.
I worked for the Fed for 28 years and I understand government processes work at a slug’s pace. I know I’ll get my benefit at some point, but I can understand some may not have the time to waste getting cash flow into their account. I’ve learned patience is a virtue and I have traveled a long rode obtaining that virtue.
I planted my seed for a benefit from being out of work. I equate that to a farmer sowing his crop. Sometimes seed takes time to come up, but when it does it will bear its fruit. I’ll have to deal with creditors to defer payments and perhaps get a disaster loan to tie us over till the crop comes in, but it’s not different than a farmer.
I remember my dad going to the bank and borrowing money with the promise to pay back in the fall when we sold our crops. It all worked out some way or other. Today’s world is not different in some ways as well. If you read this and need to have relief now, it may not come right now, but it will. All of us in the part of North Carolina know we live in hurricane alley.
I have to put a smile on my face, look at the good neighbors I have that helped save my house from a near fallen pine tree and count the blessings of God. I really do feel bad for my friends that have lost their homes to waters, whether from flooding or leakage.
One last thing. I sat on my couch this morning after Libby left for work and a burden came over me unlike normal. I like time with my little girls (dogs), so we nestled into place and I leaned back in the reclined position, closed my eyes and went into an unusually deep time of prayer for this area. It went on for quite some time until it lifted from me. I have felt peace not only for me, but all of you in my sphere. Starting out this little note or post I expressed the seeming never ending issues with my needs, but I’m sure there are those of you who have deeper issues and my heart is with you. I sincerely pray for your quick recovery. Just have patience.