Friday began as most others do with coffee, a speedy trip over the Flint Hills to work, hellos, and taking on the tasks at hand. Meka and I ate lunch together as we tend to do. A two o’clock meeting rolled in and I learned that due to a company-wide restructuring, my position was being let go.
Much like a runner strips down to the leanest of gear before a race, the truly good folks that I worked for are getting lean as they prepare for a long marathon of good work.
I appreciate the people and opportunities met in the past nine months.
Nine months…enough time to birth a new person or a new normal.
What does this mean?
I must find a job in which to serve and earn my coffee.
- Today, I sent off my first resumé and cover letter after KT’s review
- I am making a few important appointments while I have medical coverage
- Talked to my pal, Dave, and he will take an updated head shot for LinkedIn
- Another pal talked me through some of the preliminaries of unemployment
- Met with several friends who laughed with me and offered up plenty of Good JuJu
- Purchased a local paper and updated the antivirus on my machine so that I can search for gainful employment more safely
- Replaced my messenger bag while buzzing by RockStar & Rogers/Home Fusion so that I can pedal to wifi spots around town in my quest for gainful employment
- I will re-work my budget and finish the medical reimbursements with my current provider this week; will delay signing up for new yoga studio until it becomes feasible
- I cried a bit for about 30 seconds while driving home Friday and another minute when I realized that I will not be able to help supplement my son’s last year of college expenses
- I bought a Sea Salt and Almond in Dark Chocolate feast that I nibble on each day
- Meal planning also comes tomorrow
- Blessings and “thankfuls” are being counted
- A few miles have been run in good company
- Breathing Deep
Why am I telling all of Cyberworld what I’m doing following the lay-off? Because statistically the unthinkable will happen to many more of us and – as always – it is incumbent upon community to share information and encouragement. We must help one another find a way.
Any ideas as I not only Search for a North Star, but gainful employment/service? I’m listening. Your prayers are also appreciated – not just for me, but for the too many of us who are afraid, weary, and searching for what we and our families need.
I’ve been so fortunate in so many ways.
Not so fortunate in others.
I tell myself that all the best stories have a quirky twist and that I am on another adventure.
So here we go!
Searching for the North Star and a way to serve and buy the coffee