Sunday, April 29, 2012

The Unexpected Layoff (pt. 2)

About three weeks ago, I decided to run in a 5k Memorial Day weekend.  Little did I know then that I would be facing a season of transition and a time of processing through a variety of emotions.  It hit me just a couple of days ago that training for a race at this time could be one of the best possible things to do.  The exercise will only help with my mental state, and the challenge of the race itself is something to look forward to.

So, if you're going through a similar season of transition, find an event that will nurture you or at lease give you a positive outlet on which to focus.  This is the race I'll be running in:

Plus, it's for a good cause.

God is good!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

The Unexpected Layoff (pt. 1)

When you've been in a "permanent" position with a state agency for 6 years, and your job performance consistently receives a high rating, receiving a layoff notice is quite a surprise.  I received a layoff notice about a week ago, and I thought it might be helpful to blog about it.

So far, I have found the big struggle is focused around two recurring things.  First, it's hard to shake the idea of personal worth and importance.  We all think that we make a difference, even in a bureaucracy.  And the truth is, we do make a difference-- every single one of us.  There is no single person on the face of the planet that has the skill set and unique abilities that you and I possess. We are truly one-of-a-kind.  Beautifully and wonderfully made.  That's the truth.  But when the notice arrives, the doubts are not far behind.  This is a mental, emotional and (at times) spiritual battle that must be won through renewing our minds with truth.

The second thing is a question that so many loving, well-meaning friends and acquaintances ask. You know the question:  "So, have you lined up something else?" or "So, what do you want to do?"  I truly think this is the question that 90% of Americans in the workforce don't want to answer honestly.  And, I guess the best thing about having a job is that only a really close friend will ask that.  But, when you get the notice, the question is not far behind.

So, before I answer the question, let me throw it back to you:  Do you know what you want to do?