This past Friday was the one-year anniversary of my layoff, a happy day forever remembered as “No iPod, No Job, No Boyfriend, No Problem.”
Net value one year later: Not only do I have a job, live in a new state, and have an iPod, I also have an iPad (that my boss refers to as my boyfriend). Seriously–could there be a happier ending to this story?
Of course, the reality is, there is no ending. As my yoga teacher said yesterday, life is a pulse and pausing is actually the hardest part. Something like a layoff is a big enough pause that you can’t ignore it. The challenge is to take on the pauses even when you need to spend most of your life speeding. (And you should be tweeting/emailing/counting/pushing now instead of writing this blog post.)
When I was laid off, I nothing to lose. It was easy to say “Life is a transition!” and “There’s no there, there.” Now that I’m back in a position with everything to lose, it’s hard work to make peace with the fact that there’s no there here, either.