Every once a while there comes a time when you revel in the happiness that is life. You feel gifted to be in your own shoes and look forward to the grand plans that lay ahead.
But, when you are smiling and dreaming, life can throw a rude shocker at your face. “Wake up you stupid! Stop smiling!!” ..it can yell out.
I would not have believed that line myself ..until yesterday.
I walked in to my workplace all cheerful, ready to tackle the tasks for the day. What I wasn’t prepared, however, was to have all my ‘tasks’ taken away just like that.
I lost my job yesterday.
Re-organization and re-structuring were the reasons they gave. The blow came really hard on a bunch of us unsuspecting people.
I gasped a little, but held a straight face. The VP’s of two departments who sat in front of me made very kind faces. I broke a weak smile and acknowledged.
I must have sighed more than half dozen times and adjusted my hair more than that, but nothing could stop the shivering.
Then, there came a silver lining.
The director of my department as well as my manager had spoken highly of me and my skills. They felt I was a valuable resource. If this role is eliminated, I could be a good fit someplace else in the same company. “Would you like to interview for the other role in that other department?”, they asked.
“Sure” was my reply. Any piece of lumber to stay afloat when you are sinking..
Few phone calls later with execs of that other department, the silver lining looked brighter and more beautiful. The new role looked exciting, in fact more than the one I was relieved from!
The interview rounds are scheduled for tomorrow. I am nervous, but I have stopped shivering…a sense of calm has taken over.
The rude shocker did jolt me. But, I am still smiling. “Now, take that Life!” I want to say, “Sorry, I cannot but stay happy” 🙂
My heart goes out to those others who lost their jobs too last morning, who were the only bread winners to the family, along with a mortgage to pay. May they find their dream job very soon.
Meanwhile, I am preparing for the interview tomorrow.
Also, praying hard I make it. Will you do too, for me please?
[ Updated to add:
All rounds of interview went pretty well. I was seemingly confident and nicely camouflaged my nervousness..or so I think 🙂
I am still waiting to hear the outcome though. Just been told that it might take a couple more days. The wait is killing , but an insider information updated me that things seem to be moving in my favor! 😀
I do not want to count my eggs before they hatch or get too excited. Will wait until they inform me officially. And, of course, will post the result here as soon as I have it – whatever that may be.
It has not been easy for the past few days. But the one thing that kept me going was the goodwill and heartwarming wishes from you all out there. I am truly Thankful to each one of your comments and emails. You have no idea how much you helped! 🙂 ]