Meet Allyson Ward Neal: Finding blessings after being laid off

Meet Allyson Ward Neal: Finding blessings after being laid off

In 2015, I lost my job of 13 years. I was devastated. I felt as if I had lost my daily purpose in my life. In addition to losing my job as a supervisor for a global corporation, for which I had worked hard to attain, I lost daily contact with my work friends.

I was one of the most beloved supervisors in the company. I helped people to soar, accomplish their dreams, get promotions and huge raises. I was also a faith-filled, servant leader and I encouraged people through my faith. So many times, people came into my office and tears flowed from their eyes as they shared how they appreciated the manner in which I led them with love, compassion and understanding. In short, I was a hero.

I also represented women and ethnic minorities in the workplace and I mentored many of them who sought to achieve their career goals. As a Black woman, I was a mentor to many Black women who wanted to achieve the success that I had attained. And, I also mentored Asian women, Caucasian women, Latin women, African women, young women and mature women. I mentored men as well. And, I helped many men to get promotions, prime projects, exposure and leadership opportunities just as I did with the women that I supported.

And, last, but certainly not least, I represented my faith. I shared my belief in Jesus to people of all faiths: Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, believers of Judaism, etc. I ministered to people who were atheists. One of my most memorable experiences was impacting a woman’s life who was an atheist and didn’t believe in God. When she accepted Jesus as Lord of her life, she came to me with excited zeal to share her new-found faith and how I had impacted her life through my testimony.

I believe that God made this decision for me regarding the layoff from my former company. God wanted me to move on to a new way of ministering the Gospel and to a new way of working and living.

I could see God’s hand on my layoff and it came with lots of blessings like a nice financial package, an opportunity to advance my career to a higher-level position and more time for me to spend with my family, especially my 8-year-old daughter. But, in order to fully appreciate and to enjoy these blessings, I had so much work to do and so much pain to heal from. This was an extremely hard thing to do: work to establish a new career while healing from the one that lost and loved so dearly. I made lots of mistakes and my pain was evident for all to see.

From 2015 until now, I have been in a healing and transformative process in all areas of my life: my faith walk, my self-care routine, my marriage, my role as a mother, my friendships, my church ministry work, my career and so much more.

My faith has been strengthened by these two years of transformative healing and my entire life has changed. I am on a new path and it’s challenging to put it all into words. But, God has redirected the course of my life and He has developed me for a new phase of leadership, self-acceptance and personal growth. The scripture says that “faith without works is dead” (James 2:17) and so I was put to the test, reassigned to new faith works in all areas of my life and surrendered to a new way of living in Christ Jesus.

What does purpose mean to you? 

Genesis 1:27 says, “God created man in His image; in the divine image he created him; male and female he created them.” To me, purpose means that I am created in the divine image of God to live as He created me to be: a divine female.

About Allyson Ward Neal:

Allyson Ward Neal is the CHRISTUS Health Director of Communications for the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in Houston (CCVI). She is the author of 12 books, two of which are co-authored by her daughter Ava; and that are available on Amazon. She is a public speaker who has spoken at international conferences for the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) and the Advanced Learning Institute (ALI).
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