When I graduated from high school, we had the opportunity to provide quotes for the year book. Some people chose ridiculous things going around school, some chose song lyrics (shockingly, I did not) but I chose a very simple movie quote:
No man is a failure who has friends - "It's A Wonderful Life"
When I got ready to graduate from HS, many of the adults in our world told our friends that we should enjoy each other now because 20 years later, we wouldn't even know who each other were. We all protested and I am sure the adults in our lives rolled their eyes with a "what do they know?"
But we knew. I knew there was something very different about us. Our love for each other was deep and true. To this day...some almost 25 years later, my dearest friends with the exception of 1 or 2 come from my high school graduating class. I am so amazingly blessed.
Last Monday I was laid off from my job. It's been an incredibly difficult transition. I really liked what I was doing. I really liked the people I worked with. In many ways it was the perfect job....fun work, great people, ideal commute. But it all came crashing down a week plus ago.
I don't want to focus on being laid off. I have whined about it enough to a number of people. I have had the good ugly cries that one has when they are just blind sided. What I want to focus on is the kindness that has been shown to me over the last week and a few days. I have said to a number of folks that I feel like there are so few times when people just come out of the woodwork to support you and I have been overwhelmed. I know I am loved. I spent so much of my life thinking that as soon as I left the room, people forgot who I was but I have done a lot of work to really understand how loved I am and I am still in utter shock at how kind and helpful and wonderful people can be.
I can know that no matter what my employment status is - I am absolutely not a failure because I have the best friends that one can imagine.