Meet My Elephant Named Cindy

Meet My Elephant Named Cindy

I’ve got a secret…

It may not be the best kept secret. Some people in my life already know, but I think it’s time to share it on this platform.

A little over two weeks ago, I was laid off from my job.

I’m making it “online official” for a couple of reasons.

First, it’s a fact. It’s on my resume and in my job history on my profile. It can’t be ignored. This is the reality (for now). It felt like an elephant in the virtual room whenever I’m on here. So, there – see the elephant? She’s right there. Let’s name her since we’re talking about her… Let’s call her Cindy. Everybody say “Hi, Cindy!”

The second and more important reason I’m posting this is because I’ve always associated a certain amount of shame with being laid off, something I should be embarrassed about. Over the past couple of weeks, though, I’ve realized connecting shame or embarrassment to being laid off doesn’t do any good for me or Cindy . I didn’t necessarily invite Cindy here. In fact, I probably wish I never actually met Cindy, but she showed up. Cindy’s presence isn’t my fault, but is now my responsibility. I’m introducing her here so she loses her negative reputation and power.

Admittedly, I believed this has always been a journey for other people; it would never happen to me. Then along came Cindy. Similar to cancer (which I know something about as well), very few of us are immune to being laid off when those times come. It’s been humbling and continues to provide new insights and perspectives.

What I know is this:

1.     I always work tremendously hard with an incredible work ethic. Being laid off as the organization is absorbed by another does not reflect on my past performance, just current company circumstances and structure.

2.     As I search for what lies ahead, I’ve never worked harder. I dare say those in similar situations with a Cindy of their own are the hardest working people out there.

3.     This time allows me to regroup, refocus, and reenergize so that I bring an even greater, sharper, and groovier version of myself to my next professional home.

So, Cindy and I are on this adventure, looking for Corporate Communications opportunities in the New York City area. As with any journey, it’s step by step, day by day, and chin up all the way.


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