I knew it was too good to last…
After finding myself at the threshold of a new and exciting phase of my life, I the rug has been abruptly pulled out from underneath, through a series of “cutbacks.” I suddenly found myself back on the market, looking everywhere for writing work, copy writing, editing, free-lancing, full or part-time. Not to say that my situation is untenable, as certainly has been the case at various times throughout my career.
I have only myself and my bride to worry about, not small children and an ex-wife who was relentlessly adverse to contribute (the minute she landed a job with decent pay, she left me and the kids – but that is ancient history).
So mine is a story repeated throughout the American landscape – hardworking corporate employee loses position due to budgetary constraints and shrinking profits. I should be in good company. But is that really the case?
I look at the response rates of my work for my previous employer, and found that my creative output continues to contribute to a large segment of the business. In fact, there has been little drop in earnings. I would think that performance alone warrants a more benevolent separation – at the very least – instead of the abrupt dismissal I actually received.
Yes, I did get a little in the way of severance, with promises of good references and the hope of free-lance work. I am not bitter, nor angry at my circumstances. As I have said, my situation is not untenable.
So now I have some hope, looking around with some promising results. I must keep believing new opportunities will present themselves soon.
At least I have my health and my good looks… right?