I was talking with my sister who works for Weatherford and sells thru-tubing and she mentioned to me that there had recently been 3 suicides in our Houston area oilfield community. She continued on to tell me about how everywhere she goes these days, she encounters fear and insecurity and acknowledged that this is no way to live.
My heart broke hearing of these tragic suicides and knowing that behind each one, was the sense of absolute despair and hopelessness. These are hard times we are in right now and no one really knows what the future holds, but still… LIFE IS PRECIOUS and worth living. There is ALWAYS HOPE, but sometimes we just don’t see it or know where to look for it.
By our very nature of being human, we are resilient, but WE – The Strong, The Proud, Hardworking, Oilfield ARE without a doubt the MOST resilient species on earth. We can NEVER GIVE UP, we can NEVER SURRENDER! The oil economy DOESN’T CARE if it loses another soul, but our Oilfield Family cares, I care and God cares. We were all created with great purpose. Many of us are still seeking to know what that purpose is. Times like these can test our strength, our love and our faith, but can also be the cause of re-discovering ourselves and what is most important in life.
CS Lewis wrote; “Hardship often prepares an ordinary person for an extraordinary destiny.”
Viktor Frankl, an Austrian psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor said: “What is to give light must endure burning.”
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time” – Thomas Edison
Jesus said, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust in me.”
“Tough times don’t last, tough people do!” – Sissie Field
If there is one kind of man-kind on this earth that can survive these hard times and come out stronger, it is my brothers and sisters in the oilfield. We are an Oilfield Family and a force to be reckoned with and now more than ever before, we have to be there for each other as sources of inspiration, hope and love. We are here for you and want to continue to inspire you and encourage you. Reach out if you need us!
With deep love and dedication,
Lori Pope & Sissie Field
Oilfield Families of America
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