Wednesday, April 09, 2008

There's a reason the word "wise" is often used when referring to old people.

Well, I need to find my sweater - the high today is only going to be 76 degrees.  Somehow I think I'll manage!

This week has truly been a blessing.  I was given time to calm down, listen to LOTS of advice and really do some internal searching.  The main theme of the advice has been - Take the High Road.  On Saturday afternoon, I couldn't even fathom that approach, but with each day of sunshine, rum and relaxation - I begin to consider it and even embrace it.  

Some people have told me that I just need to get over it.  Others, that I shouldn't go back since the way I was told was so unprofessional.  Most people, though, are telling me that this is the best thing that has ever happened to me.  It may take me a few more days to completely believe that, but I know deep down that I will soon.


10 comments:

Starshine said...

Enjoy your vacation and all that warm weather. You're gonna be fine!

sdejoode said...

I agree... one day you'll look back and think this is the best thing that could ever happen. I'd take this opportunity to really evaluate what you want to do next. Where do you want to work? What would be ideal for you?

Lynda said...

I've been fired before and it DID turn out to be a Very Good Thing. No kidding, you'll be surprised cuz something great is going to take the place of the old job. Truly.

Heather said...

I am going through a very (eerily) similar experience. Except it wasn't just me, it was me and five of my co-workers. (And my husband, who doesn't even work for the same company I do.) All of us are going to be unemployed at the end of May. So I feel your pain. Anyway, I hope you enjoy the rest of your vacation and good luck with this new opportunity to find your dream job!

m said...

I know several other educators who have been given the same type of notice. I think it is criminal. For shame on your administrator. You probably don't want to work for that type of person anyway. I've been in education for eighteen years and have never seen this kind of budget panic. I think you could write for a living. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog. Good luck and best wishes. Marsha

ThatOtherSharon said...

Doncha just love that Bougainvilla??? Such glorious flowers!!!

And just wait -- getting canned has always been a good thing in my history.

Matt said...

From a Minneapolis suburbanite and long-time Dooce follower via Dooce as well...

Hope your time with Heather has been remedial, and remember to always stay positive. Not to sound cliche, but God doesn't close one door without opening another. I ended up getting laid off about four years ago, and it took me 6 months to finally get a job where I work at now (Wells Fargo- A strong company with great benefits, a company I will probably retire at). Even though the 6 months without an emergency fund found us losing our house to foreclosure, I would not be where I am today, and would not be as successful moving up the ladder. Keep faithful, for this is just the beginning of the rest of your life, and it will be exciting!

Anonymous said...

Ok, I know that you probably don't "post for public consumption" but I linked over from dooce and felt compelled to comment. My husband was laid off last month the day before I had our 3rd child. He wasn't even in the office, they called to tell him since he was home preparing for the next day. We were shocked and dumbfounded. But, it really did turn out for the best like everyone always says. He is now employed with a better company which is amazing b/c his last was great. He has better benefits and makes 5k more that before. We had so many struggles when he was laid off with the insurance company and a lot of down times but things really did work themselves out. It was really hard to get over the feeling of no longer being apart of something and that rejection is hard to take and digest. But ultimately I know that you're better off and they do not deserve you. Please hold your head high the next few months and the strength you employee will remain with the Principal that thinks your disposable. It's much harder to be gracious and thankful for the opportunity than to be cold and callous (which you are entitled to be). You WILL land on both feet in the summer and you will have plenty of time to be petty towards them then (behind their backs the way we all do it). I'm so sorry this has happened to you, just know that it happens to almost everyone at some point in their career. How lucky that you get to spend this time with Heather, huh!

Take care,
Perfect Stranger
aka Andrea
jesseandrea@yahoo.com

LA said...

I was recently laid off. While it was just a part-time job, it was a huge blow. I graduate from college in May and am not quite sure how I will be able to afford everything I need to afford come May 31st. But I feel that soon I'll see this as the best thing that has ever happened to me. I get the week off (minus homework) and can use my free time to focus on the things I have allowed to lose importance while focusing so much attention on working. Good luck!

Rowan Moore-Seifred said...

You don't know me, but I have been reading Dooce a bit and heard your tale of being pink slipped. That sucks. Do be professional when you go back and at the end of the year make an attempt to have a discussion with who was behind your firing, they owe you that. If you're a smart powerful woman, and you must be to know someone like Heather, then they probably canned you because of that. Too bad, their loss. We strong women need to band together.