Loosing your job is a big deal. People you spend the majority of your day with for years are people you will no longer see regularly. What's more complicated is the idea that your boss, the person who may have cheered you on last week, is now the person telling you your services are no longer needed. That hurts. Betrayal and trust are often at the center of this event, which can erode confidence.
What brings little comfort is being let go was not a result of misuse of social media or lying on a resume, it was as simple and devastating as the company did not drive as much business as it once had, requiring down-sizing. Facts do not help the heart feel better immediately, but they do soothe eventually.
What I do know is my friend needs me now: to listen, to laugh, to cry, to support grieving and recovery. The truth is, life can offer us better opportunities than we can hope for when we are open to the possibility - which usually occurs when seeking work. Here's to life healing the hurts and celebrating possibilities!!!
Copyright 2016 Heather L. Corwin, Ph.D.