Repost, just because.

Well, my sister became one of the casualties in the Gannett layoffs last night. After working there for more than 10 years, her position was eliminated.

She called me right after she found out the news, and then she called back after she told my parents.

“Dad thought I was joking. He didn’t believe me!”, she said.

“What about MOM?” I asked.

“She said for me not to worry, that everything will work out.”

I hung up the phone and bit my lip to hold back the tears. Moms always know the right things to say at the right time. Layoffs are like getting a divorce, or as my sister said – more like a death. Her birthday is tomorrow and I told her to look at it metaphorically, it’s a time for her to birth a new journey. Things will work out. This is where family support comes into play. I hope to help my sister steer her future in a new, exciting direction. She’s always done that for me.

I’m sending many prayers and blessings to my former Gannett colleagues those who lost their jobs this week. I think there will be 1,400 in all by the time the week is over. Whew. Things WILL get better. If you believe it and take the steps, they will. They will. They will!

And just because – I’m reposting my favorite Maya Angelou quotes. The words mean so much more today than they did Monday.

– “I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.

– I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.”

– “I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.

– “I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as “making a life.”

– “I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.

– “I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back.”

– “I’ve learned that when ever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.”

– “I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.”

– “I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.”

– “I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.”

– “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

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Love & light,


5 Responses

  1. My husband was laid off 2-1/2 months ago, and the day that he was laid off I wrote on the chalkboard…”We will get through this, and we will come out ahead.” I’ll say an extra prayer tonight for your sister.

  2. My husband and I closed our utility construction company January 2009. He left the house shortly after that. At that time I left my life in God’s hands. I’m not looking back only forward, it’s been a hard journey.

    But each morning I put on helmet of salvation on and say “God is in my favor today, something good will come my way!”

  3. I went through a lay-off in 2001, and just wanted to say, while we may not always get to pick our path, sometimes change can be the best thing for us to learn more about ourselves and get new life experiences. I wish your sister the best and I understand the position she is in, but tell her not to be scared, but think of this as a new opportunity to grow.

  4. I know the feeling. I’m a former Gannett employee, left years ago to raise my kids. It was such a privilege to work in the newspaper biz and for Gannett, lots of places to go. Shocking to see the changes to the business of news and friends being laid off. Praying that your sister finds her feet quickly and discovers her new passion!

  5. Hugs and prayers for your sister and family! It’s hard to be sure but it sounds as if she has a fabulous support system!

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