10 November 2009
The Layoff Chronicles
Yesterday we got to the stage of mourning called "Anger." I knew it would happen, I just wasn't sure when.
I awoke with a snap at 3 a.m., mad.
Mad that we had been laid off without Some People having a shred of understanding of what we do and why we are needed to keep doing it.
Mad that some people I thought were less capable had been spared when good people had been lost. Mad that we got let go at the worst time of the year to find a job.
Then when I went into the office, I found that it wasn't just me. Everyone had been hit by the Big Angry Bus at the same time.
There were a lot of IMs and "WTF?" and arm-waving. There were "I just don't understand why...." conversations. Fortunately none of it was directed at each other. We have Higher Forces to blame, generally.
Finally about 10 a.m., I realized what was going on and said "Oh, I see we are in the anger phase!" That somehow made me feel better. This, too, would pass.
The day ended with my church board buying me butternut squash ravioli and a big glass of syrah for dinner, and sitting around a big table talking and laughing, and if that won't take the edge off your anger, I don't know what will.
And now for your Moment of Inspiration. Even without the song, watching Astaire "fall" so beautifully would cheer me up.