Since I was raised on a farm, work has always been a part of my life. I haven’t always enjoyed the particular work assigned to me at times, but I have grown to accept work as a necessary part of life, even when it is unpleasant. I have been blessed to have had jobs through most of my career that have been interesting and rewarding. I know that a lot of people struggle with finding work that is suitable. The few jobs that I have had that have been miserable cause me to empathize with others in similar circumstances.
Unfortunately, my career has included some stops that ended abruptly through a layoff or plant closing. Despite the fact that this is very common, it is still a very difficult experience to handle. Personally, I take a lot of pride in doing a good job and in being a value to my employer. Even though the situation often has nothing to do with individual performance, there is still a blow to personal pride when a job is taken away from someone with a pride in workmanship. I feel that these negative experiences have made me stronger, but possibly a bit cynical as well. Trust in a company is difficult to foster in the present environment.
The company that I now work for is experiencing a difficult time and is in the midst of layoffs. I believe that I work for a group that could easily be classified as expendable and find myself among those who will soon be looking for employment elsewhere. I sincerely hope that is not the case, but I accept that it could happen. If it does, I know that it is God’s will and will (try to) have faith that He will provide for me and my family. He has never failed to open a window and bless my life, even when I don’t deserve any favor from Him. If I am among those remaining, my thoughts and prayers will be with those who are let go.
Early in my career, I would have been extremely nervous and uptight about a layoff situation. I now see that I can only control what I have control over. Any amount of stress that I put on myself over the possibility of losing my job will be completely wasted energy, better applied toward the work I have been tasked to perform. Energy that can be applied toward turning the company’s direction to the positive and creating work and jobs for the future. Easy to say, hard to live.