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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