Friday, January 16, 2009

A New Season of Life

The last two weeks have been pretty tumultuous. Last Monday started with the departure of a senior executive at my company that led to a reorganization that led to the reassignment of the group that I was affiliated with that led to my ultimate termination. It was difficult to hear that my services would no longer be required after nearly 19 years with the company. Needless to say, blogging became pretty low on the priority list.

The tough part was sharing the news with so many people that I had worked with for many many years. It was sad and emotional. Talking to one teary friend, I thought to myself "hey, what the hell are you crying for, I'm the one that got fired!"

Over the years I had thought to myself that a change in venue might be liberating. Well, I guess now I'll find out. It's not really fair to say "I", since Deb and I will be in it together and the kids, too, to a lesser extent. We'll find out -- together.

One of my coworkers called me and said I'd be on to "A New Season of Life". Sounds like a great title for a book chapter. . . or at least a blog post! That's truly how I'm looking at it. I'm far more self confident than I was a few years ago. Now I'm not the "fat guy" looking for a job, just the guy looking for a job.

So what's next? I have no idea. Have to figure out what I want to do when I grow up. Deb found my most recent resume -- a good 12 years old. That'll be the first piece of business. In the mean time, I'm sure I'll have more time to blog!

So that's it, my blog friends. If anyone is looking for a finance/accounting type guy in the Central Maryland/DC area, I'm your guy!



Andrew is getting fit said...

Good luck with the job search. It's a great opportunity to find something different too.

Pat said...

On my. I'm sorry to hear that. Amy, my wife went thru a similar experience after 17 years with her company. Now she's a REALTOR with me and life hasn't been better.

Keep up the running. You know the healthier you couldn't have come at a better time. It will difintely help you in your job search.

Rob said...

Sigh that sucks you lost your job. But as others have said, you will bounce back and find something even better.. GOOD LUCK!

Shilingi-Moja said...

Wow! All that in 2 weeks. I hope that you find the right, new job quickly.

Amy said...

Maybe you can become a professional runner? Train for the tour de France? :)

On a more serious note, it sounds like a hellacious 2 weeks in the life of Jeff.

Maybe quotes aren't your thing, but here's some food for Thought:
"There are no great people in this world, only great challenges which ordinary people rise to meet." William Frederick Halsey, Jr.

"Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict." William Ellery Channing

"I'd rather be a could - be if I cannot be an are; because a could - be is a maybe who is reaching for a star, I'd rather be a has - been than a might - have - been, by far; for a might have - been has never been, but a has was once an are." Milton Berle

Dodger said...

Write a book. Seriously. The last three years of your life are Oprah material.

Ann Marie said...

I know more and more people that are losing their jobs these days. Good luck with the search, I'll pass your name on to my father. He's a pretty big guy in the Accounting world. Maybe he can help.... in the meantime, keep your head high!

Chubby said...

Well, that sucks Jeff. Totally, completely sucks.

I wish you and Deb the best in figuring out what you all will be doing next.

And I second the book suggestion!

Gayle said...

Wow Jeff!

We're so sorry to hear this news! Randy and I are sending our best wishes and positive thoughts to you.
You WILL find something even better, I know it!

I'll be calling Deb this week!

Love, Gayle and Randy

Daiquiri princess said...

OMG Jeff- I am sorry to hear this. I had no idea. I will for sure keep my ear open for you.
Good Luck.

J~Mom said...

Sorry about your job!!! Hang tough and the next season will bring something new and exciting!

Rob said...

Sorry to hear that Jeff, I am sure things will work out. I really do feel your pain.

victory4angela said...

I'm so sorry. My husband was let go on Dec. 11 so we're in the same boat. He's just starting to get some calls and interviews (during the holidays is a BAD time to be let go!). I have high hopes that you'll both be happily employed soon.

Get crackin' on your resume! You'll bounce back and I'll keep my eyes open here (offices in Alexandria and Columbia - sorry it's not closer.)

victory4angela said...

Angela again. Mike said to give him your resume since he's talking to a lot of recruiters. He might be able to help you out. Not sure of the best way to do this without posting our email addresses to the world? Go through his blog Tri4acure on blogspot or look me up throught the G&G Jaycees.

Dan Seifring said...

Jeff, I am very sorry to hear about your job loss. You will be in my thoughts Jeff.

I do like the write a book idea.

CoachLiz said...


I'm sorry to hear about your "one door closes" but you do know that somewhere out there is a door standing open for you. Keep up your exercise for stress relief and remember that you are still a winner and a hero. Good luck on the job hunt.