Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Humble Pie.

Dictionary.com defines humility as the quality or condition of being humble; modest opinion or estimate of one's own importance, rank, etc.

At about 10:00 a.m. a few weeks ago, I turned on my computer at work. I had arrived at my normal Monday morning time after dropping the girls off at preschool and making the approximate one hour commute into the city.

Shortly after 11:00 I received a phone call from a woman in the human resource department asking me if I could come to her office.

I am about to lose my job.

At about 11:45 I walked out of that office. I was no longer an employee of the company for which I had worked for over three and one half years.

I cannot believe this just happened.

Having had my share of humble pie over the years, this piece of humility has been very difficult to swallow.

I'm in my forties. Over twenty years of experience and this is what I am left with!?

I am not naive enough to believe what I post on the Internet cannot be used against me so the story behind me leaving my employer will remain off the 'net. Suffice to say, however that the past three weeks has been a roller coaster ride for me. Anger, disappointment, fear and a sense of failure are just some of the emotions which have kept me up at night.

Sometimes I just don't get it. I feel as though both Sarah and I have had ENOUGH. Seriously. Why is it that some people (you know them) never seem to experience true humility?

Time to move on, I know. Better opportunities lie ahead, right?

It just wasn't meant to be.

Things happen for a reason.

The BEST thing about not doing the daily grind is having more time to witness the incredible magic of Allie, Anna and Emily grow.

ALLIE



ANNA



EMILY


4 comments:

Just the Tip said...

Sarah has been so kind to me in helping with info on cathing our daughter, Peyton. I am so sorry for whatever happened that resulted in this. I can't imagine the feelings that would accompany losing your job, even if something led up to it. I'm sure you are stressed beyond belief. It sounds like you are going in the right direction with accepting it though. Some people (not us!) just seem to get all the 'luck'

I do hope sincerely that you end up with something MUCH better that you are happier with.

And lets hope it doesn't take too long to come about either!

Anonymous said...

"When one door closes, another one opens"


Good luck!

-Lily

Rich said...

Just the Tip: I am glad to hear Sarah has been able to help!

Lily: Thank you!

Tracey's Life said...

Rich, I follow your wife's blog as well, and just heard about your job loss last week. I am sorry. I understand, I lost my job almost 3 yrs ago after 23 1/2 years with the same company. I am still out of work, but I have learned to make do with less, and like you, my gratitude comes in the form of the children. I have been blessed to have so much time this past year to work with Sabrina to find the right college for her. I would never have had the time to do all the research and road trips if I was working. Humble pie yes. But life does go on and somehow we manage. Good luck to you in your search for employment. I will begin mine again now that we have chosen a school.