Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Our Layoff Story

Some people have A Baby Story, others A Wedding Story, we have A Layoff Story. I group it along with happy things like babies and weddings because this is a positive thing in our lives. I know that when most of you read the word "layoff", you bite your nails and hyperventilate, thinking "Oh my god I could be next." When David and I hear the word "layoff", we think "freedom." It definately helps that we are DINK's (duel-income no-kids), or maybe I should say DINKNM (duel-income no-kids no-mortgage.) We are home free.

David has suspected a layoff for weeks now. The economy is obviously slumping, and the non-profit he worked for didn't score any new contracts. Not a lot of people want to invest in e-learning when they're not making any money. We told our property manager that a layoff could be imminent back in February. "We could lower your rent," they generously offered. This is another reason neither of us are worried about a layoff.

I know our viewpoint is very rare in this tough economy, but I think its important to spin something potentially negative into something positive. All we hear is about how layoffs wreck lives, how people lose their homes, how everything in life is ruined and ugly. This is a time for David to focus on building his own business and his website. It's a time for him to play tennis and practice his trombone, since he just joined a swing band and a large brass band. It's a time for relaxation and personal development, and of course, cooking me delicious dinners. I think all of us need a break from work once in awhile, to get out of the rat race and focus on what is truly important to our lives and to our future. Getting laid off is like taking a deep breath before jumping back into the pool. Sometimes I wish I was the one in that boat.

Another reason neither of us are worried is that we know work for David is on the horizon. He already has a couple of leads, and of course has to keep applying for jobs to get unemployment benefits. But I encourage him, "Enjoy this time, use this time for yourself, because before you know it, you'll be back at it, working 40 hours per week again." I know that at another point in our lives, David will return the favor for me.


McRiguez said...

Yeah, I think that a lay off could be a good thing when you are a HMNDWF or whatever it is you said. I also think it forces people really go for that risk they were always afraid for. I have a friend who got laid off two weeks ago. It's sad, but now she's thinking of finally opening up a pre-school. She'd be great but with her previous job, the risk was just to great, now in a way, she has no other option. I know that if I got laid off, I'd probably move back in with my parents and head back to school. Hmm, do you think that's what I should do regardless . . . haa haa!

Grater Good said...

I too have been laid off. Heck, I was even fired once! Those were 2 of best things that ever happened to me. In both cases I enjoyed the break and ended up making more money than I did before!

Dan-Eric Slocum said...

LOVE this attitude, Kristin. I'm so tired of hearing the gloom and doom.


Things always work out. Seriously, that's the way I've always looked at it.

I literally switch channels the moment the pundits begin moaning about the economy. I know it's a bad time, but oh well, this too shall pass.

Paula said...

That is a very true point, Kristin, when one door closes you look for another door to open, sometimes better than you imagine. I also agree that your freak out factor is low because there is a backup income, etc. The freak out factor is higher if you're the sole support of yourself (or supporting a family), have a house payment due soon, your cost of living is slashed below do-able - wondering how you are going to pay the bills. So count your blessings that you can float it and turn it into an opportunity.