The word for today is:
Schadenfreude is the experience of pleasure, joy, or self-satisfaction that comes from learning of or witnessing the troubles, failures, or humiliation of another.
I have been receiving a lot of calls from co-workers who are “sorry” I lost my job and how much they think it’s a terrible decision on the part of my company. Sure, I think so too, but deep down I know they are thinking “glad it happened to you and not me.” Hell, some of them probably think it couldn’t have happened to a more deserving person.
I get it – I’ve been in their position. It is a terrible thing to happen to anyone, but you can’t help but be thankful it doesn’t happen to you….until it does. The key for me is to stay away from these calls as much as possible (although commiserating with those in the same boat can be a bit cathartic). My daily goal is to focus on the positive. For me it is the following and I hope some of these resonate with you:
1 – Found a potential position on the internal job board that has a little promise. Would be less pay but when weighing all options, not a terrible trade-off.
2 – Severance package is okay. As my grandmother used to write when she put a dollar bill in our birthday cards “wish it could have been more.”
3. I’ve got a lot of experience and age notwithstanding, think I have a lot to offer. I do believe I’ve been underpaid for what I brought to the mix and can’t help but think if I end up elsewhere, I’ll be no worse off – dare I say maybe better off?
My plan moving forward is focus on a task for each day toward securing another position. Right now, updating my resume is a high priority.
For a little humor to this whole mess, checkout this site oddtodd.com. This dude was a developer that was laid off in the early 2000’s and took his talents to the internet. Not sure if he still updates the site or not, but the cartoons are priceless and always worth a couple of laughs.
The voyage continues….