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Unexpected Problem

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Yesterday I was laid off from my job after 13 years of service. I was blindsided by this in some respects, but it was a massive layoff for a company of that size (100+ people from what I hear, and the company is only 700 some people).

Wow. I've never been fired. I've never gotten a bad review. I have always been the recipient of very good pay increases (I do not recall ever receiving a raise that was not above the national average for my role).

I know that this is not my fault. I did not lose my job. My job was taken away from me. I do good work, and I am a hard worker who puts his team and his customers first.

So this is a shock for me, and at the same time surprisingly liberating. One of the first things I thought was "I can now make even more changes to my routine to live a healthier lifestyle." Odd how when the hammer falls you might not react as expected.

At times like this I like to think that worse things have happened to better people. Time to walk on the treadmill. emoticon

Member Comments About This Blog Post:

    Thank you all. I'm already looking at the problem as something other than being a financial one. It is about my marriage and family being kept sound, and my mental health being strong. If I address this as a matter of finances and employment I'll be putting the solution in the hands of others, and I want to keep control of what I can here. The only thing that I can control right now is me.

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BABYLOSTBACK 4/21/2012 3:13PM

    Great Attitude! I'm sorry they let you go. I know how hard that can be, Ive been in the same situation before. But there is bigger and better things waiting for you out there!

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TAILSPIN14 4/21/2012 3:06PM

  I was at the same point you are at now. I went through a 13 month period of no appreciable employment. Just keep that positive attitude. It is too easy to fall into the depression after a couple months if you don't find anything. Good luck.

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COOKIE352 4/21/2012 2:46PM

    You have a good attitude. emoticon

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