I have recently become a man of leisure. I mean that in the popular sense of now being without a job. I was laid-off on Thursday, along with 20% of the company in what is the now common place of “work force reduction.” No matter where you go in America these days, the American Economy is there, and I am amongst its latest victims.
I say victim in the sense of target, and not someone who has had something bad done to them. I make that distinction because of the way this is different from the last time I was laid-off when my department was closed and the work moved out of state. That time there was a great deal of fear. It was a long nail-biting six months until I found the job I was just let go from.
This time there is no fear. Let me be clear here; there is concern, worry, a sense of needing to make plans. But no fear. None. Not even really any stress. It’s just a situation than needs dealing with. That’s all. No big deal. For the last 16 months I have been actively engaged in a spiritual practice. One of the “gifts” that is supposed to be a result of this practice is a dropping away of fear. I did not notice that happening, but this event (and my reaction to it) certainly seems to prove that claim.
I was contemplating a career change, and this may very well be the powers that be (whoever that is) is trying to tell me something. It also helps that this time around I have a little more understanding of how to manage my money, which is a skill I have been working on for the last year.
This will also give me some more time to blog, so be prepared to hear more from me here.