Positive Outlook despite how Life treats You

  • Rookz

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    Oct 28, 2009 9:38 PM GMT
    When life gives you a hard time, just gotha fight against it. I just got laid off today, but I know working for a real estate office and how the economy is picking itself up, someone had to go. The company gave me a severance package, I turned in my company key and card, gave my co-workers a hug and off I left. What just made me sad is leaving the wonderful people I met through work. Oh yeah, plus a steady paycheck and health benefits. My friend is telling me how some of my agents are in tears, that's sweet. It was good I was able to leave a good note with the company. Now if only I can cash in on those tears.

    I planned to leave the company sometime next year - either by saying sayonara for I found a new job (knock on wood now), or I got accepted into nursing school. I just believe, even though its corny, that once one door closes, another one out there is open. Work was becoming miserable, I was fortunate (I guess) to be pulled out before it got worse. Meant to be? Maybe. And thank you for whomever is looking out for me if this is the case.

    Now I can focus on my studies, apply for nursing school, take the nursing exam, etc. Easier said than done, for there are other obstacles ahead. I'll apply for unemployment and use that money for my health coverage, if its able to. Just gotha work hard and think positive!
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    Oct 28, 2009 11:22 PM GMT
    Sorry to hear that, but glad you're getting on your feet.
    I recently had a terrible phone interview for a clothing store... but had a decent in person one with a grocery store. I'll keep my fingers crossed if you keep yours.
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    Oct 28, 2009 11:27 PM GMT
    Hey, good luck! You are right, sometimes being forced to leave a job can be just the kick in the pants to start something new and better. Rather than stagnating on a job, taking something in more demand and possibly more meaningful is certainly positive news!
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    Oct 29, 2009 12:50 AM GMT
    Sorry to hear of your being laid off. I'm in a similar boat (and started a thread about it yesterday). I found out this past December that my job was going away at the end of my contract in June, and I thought 'okay, I can deal with that.' The last time a position was cut (I was in fickle federal grant administration at the time), I applied for three positions, made the final round of interviews for two, and had an even better position before the current job expired.

    Imagine my shock this time around, then. June came and went, and there was no new position. Now it's mid-October, and I still don't have a new one. Considering how good I am at what I do (it's a conceit, but a healthy one), that's been a surprise and a half.

    It sucks, but you're taking a healthy approach to it. Personally, I needed the kick in the ass. Being laid off (I still hate that word, because it sounds so....irresponsibly white trash, or something) gave me the motivation to finally pack up, sell my house, and haul my boyfriend across the country to pursue other opportunities.

    It's given me time to reconnect with friends and family I'd kinda neglected.

    It's given me time to start writing again, something I'd allowed myself to get too busy for when I started my career. Now I've got a blog, and the positive responses I've received from it have given me the motivation to pick back up those writing projects I've left gathering dust for so long.

    It's also given me time to pick up old hobbies and rediscover old talents.

    In short, it's royally sucked ass not having a regular paycheck and having to make some sacrifices and compromises, but it's also given me the chance to re-visit and re-assess other components of my life that I'd long allowed my career to get in the way of. Lemons. Lemonade. Just keep keeping that in mind, and you'll be golden. icon_wink.gif
  • Rookz

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    Oct 29, 2009 3:22 AM GMT
    Thank you gentlemen for your kind words! This is also a good time to talk and share about our experiences. I like coming back to RealJock when there's something good we can talk about.
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    Oct 29, 2009 3:48 AM GMT
    My mom was let go from the bank that she worked for over 26yrs. It had been bought by a foreign bank and was supposed to be the flagship for the foreign bank's brand in the US but instead they bought an even larger bank and fed my mom's bank to that one... DISASTER for the new bank but oh well fuck 'em turned out better for my mom in the long run. she's been looking for a job for a while and its weird seeing her at home now but she's positive that something will bite soon. good luck and take care. ill keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
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    Oct 29, 2009 3:54 AM GMT
    withHonor saidWhen life gives you a hard time, just gotha fight against it.



    Your excellent attitude will help ensure that you get through this situation. I think a lot of the time when things are tough, it's mental fortitude (tenaciously applying for jobs, not allowing us to get depressed, etc) that in large part makes sure everything is ok, even better than they were before.

    I can tell that you'll be great. Just keep ploughing ahead!



    Oh, and leaving your old job on a note like that is the BEST icon_smile.gif I want people to cry for me when I leave hahaha
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    Oct 29, 2009 4:07 AM GMT
    withHonor saidThank you gentlemen for your kind words! This is also a good time to talk and share about our experiences. I like coming back to RealJock when there's something good we can talk about.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Having had many ups and downs through life, some small and several life changing, I can tell you from multiple experiences that the positive stance you've taken about this backset, is exactly what you need to get through this and come out on top. Several times things have taken such a sudden and drastic turn in my life that it actually looked hopeless, but now looking back on it, these turns actually turned out for my betterment. Its not so good when your in the middle of the "turn" with not being able to see whats around the bend, but as long as you keep putting effort towards making this all work out for you in a positive way, then it will work out. You hang in there and just keep trying, some door may open that you'll like going through that you may not now be thinking about. That's the way life is, and its good. The best to you !!! Dennis
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    Oct 29, 2009 4:16 AM GMT


    lol, Jeff said Mambo.

    withHonor, that's what JPrichva did all right - mamboed with the writer in him, had fun, (I read some of it) and in the end wound up with a couple of job offers, took one and now just passed the foreign service exam.

    Not too shabby!

    -Doug