About 3:00 P.M. each afternoon, Dave starts pacing back and forth in front of the large living room window, waiting and watching. Waiting for the package. Watching for the mail carrier. The package was put in the mail last week, though it has not yet arrived.
Are you waiting for a special package to arrive this holiday season? Maybe your package will be wrapped in foil that glistens. Maybe your package will have a snazzy bow and a fancy nametag. Dave’s package won’t. The package he awaits starts with an “s” and ends with an “e”. Can you guess what is in Dave’s special package scheduled to arrive by December 24th at the latest?
The package Dave is waiting for is called “a severance package.” In it will contain a multi-page legal document detailing the terms and conditions of his exit from Company X&Z after 23 years of service in various leadership roles. Listed below are some things Dave has been pondering as he paces, back and forth, back and forth:
~No matter how smart you are, you can get fired.
~No matter how hard you work, you can get fired.
~No matter how long you have worked at a place, you can get fired.
~No matter how much you contribute to an organization, you can get downsized.
~No matter how much you give of yourself, your time, and your talent, your position can be eliminated.
~No matter how well you get along with your supervisors, one day there may be one boss who doesn’t have your back and decides you are no longer a good fit with the company’s vision.
~No matter how productive, efficient and capable you are, your job may be phased out.
~No matter how early you get to work or how late you stay, you can still lose your job.
~No matter how much skill, mastery or knowledge you possess, someone somewhere may see to it that your services are no longer needed.”
~No matter how much money you have made for your firm, you can still get your walking papers.
~No matter how many new accounts you bring in, you can still be terminated.
~No matter how much extra you do to support your company, your clients and/or your colleagues, you can still lose your job.
Regardless of the reason you no longer have a job, do your best to figure out your future instead of fixating on your past. What’s done is done.
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
And what lies within you is everything you will need to move forward.
To make a new start.
To make a new beginning.
To do your dream job.
To launch the business idea that’s been roaming around in your head for years.
To try something new and different.
To start doing something you like more than you dislike.
To go back to school.
To find yourself because you lost your job.
To be open to exploring new options and opportunities.
To discover that a job does not define you – you define you.
To trust yourself enough to know that you can manage whatever comes your way.
To take comfort in knowing that each new day is a chance to start over.