I’ve lost my job.
I’ve looked in all the usual places … gone through my trouser pockets, scanned the mantelpiece, looked under the car seat, been through the ‘man drawer’, checked the bedside table, looked on the kitchen shelf where the important stuff resides. I’ve methodically been through my jackets, looked down the back of the sofa, searched behind the fridge where things have a habit of falling. I’ve shaken some boxes at the back of the garage. I’ve asked my wife to go through her handbag, I’ve re-traced my steps around the house, drive and garden, I’ve looked on the table in the hall and felt the lining of my coat.
Strange we say we’ve ‘lost a job’. Like we’ve lost a pen, or our car keys or our favourite sunglasses.
Actually I haven’t lost my job at all. It wasn’t ever mine really. Not mine to lose.
The reality is that my employer decided to reorganise the work which constituted the role I was paid to do. Some work was stopped, some new work added and the way in which my former employer set out to carry out that work no longer included a package of work previously called ‘my job’. I haven’t lost it, the organisation has removed it.
Time to find another path, another ‘thing’ to occupy my time, feed my interests and my family.
So where do I look? Not under the car seat seemingly. Not in my coat lining. More a case of looking inside? Under my skin, in my gut or in my heart perhaps? Searching there is not as straightforward though as looking behind the fridge or in the loft.
A search more rewarding perhaps?
So, it turns out, the removal of my job isn’t a loss, it’s a gift. An opportunity. A chance to reconnect with what matters to me. A chance to get closer to myself. A chance to be more me.
Maybe having a job all this time has been masking the true loss – the (temporary) loss of my connection to self? A temporary blindness to what drives me and why I am here.
Well I’ve found that again now, so all is good.
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This is brilliant Steve. A really refreshing view and one that resonates with me. The choice of ‘lost my job’ is an easy statement to reach for, even when it has no reflection on the situation. Thanks for this, it has encouraged me to look in a different way at my current job, last job and career.