Last week Wednesday, I got laid off. I wasn’t especially surprised since Tim*, the COO hired the web marketing services of Mr. Smythe* (a former employee) as a consultant a few months back. I was to work directly with him as he undertook some of my key responsibilities.
It was the day of my weekly one on one meeting with Tim and he emailed me to meet with him at 11AM instead of 2:30pm. Moving up meetings at a whim was usual for Tim, so I didn’t think anything of it. I enthusiastically walked in his office carrying a new poster I designed for our dealership. Then I noticed the HR Administrator sitting off to the side of his desk. Tim sprouted up to greet me at the door, which he quickly closed behind me. “Hey, I have some bad news to tell you”, he said in his usual chipper tone. He continued behind me before I sat down, “We have to lay you off. Your position has been terminated.” I always knew that would be the excuse used if they wanted to fire me since my work reviews were great.
Tim is not your typical COO, or at least, what I think of one to be. He’s jovial, lighthearted and funny enough to hold his own against any stand up comic. His composure suddenly changed when he sat across the desk from me. Tim’s eyes were moist and his voice barely carried over with a less than solid timber. “With Mr. Smythe here, we just didn’t have enough work for you. I’m sorry.”, he said as he gave me a soft paternal look with his dark Irish eyes… I remembered that same look when he told me my job would be safe just two months earlier.
In the car business, it’s not only the automobiles that are lean and mean. It’s good to make and keep money, but is there a line to be crossed when dealing with people? When everything comes down to black and white on a financial report, the facts are cold. It’s one more thing that makes me realize that having love in one’s life is more important than ever.
I was actually relieved by getting canned because I originally planned to leave my job around this time of year. However, I was starting to get complacent in my position. I was relocated out of the Petri Dish and moved into a bright, spacious office with my two favorite co-workers. More importantly, I have become closer to Beau and wasn’t sure how to go forward with what I wanted to do. In my comfort, I was going to defer my dream another six months. Obviously, the universe had other plans. Funny enough, I secretly wished to be laid off months ago and now it has happened. Perhaps I inadvertently used the “power of imagination”, as prescribed in Neville Goddard’s Resurrection (which predates The Secret).
My unemployment benefits, though modest, are just enough for me to live on… having no rent has its advantages. Now, I’m finally free to go full nomad and hit the road! I have a year to play with, I mean, use constructively… Yeah, that’s it. Maybe, while I’m looking for another 9 to 5 <SMILE>, I’ll volunteer** around in order to “enrich” my life as I travel.
Meeting Beau made me think about where I’d like to nest and set up a home base. Getting a good patch of land to live off the grid appeals to me. I want to live in a place that is warm year round, feeds my sense of adventure, and has small government ideals. I have my eye on Texas!
Beau, luckily, also has a gypsy spirit and open to being a full-time RVer. Coincidentally, his mother and two sisters recently decided to move to Texas with their families. Seriously, what were the chances?! Safe to say that Beau is open to settling down there, as well. There goes God’s invisible hand again.
Rejection stings, but I turned that frown upside down because I quickly realized that a pink slip is a gypsy’s best friend… Oh, sweet, sweet FREEDOM!
Side Note: Happy Mother’s Day!
* *On the D.L. legal tip: That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it!
*Names changed to protect the innocent and infamous.