It was a blessing in disguise. I was relieved of my duties at the company I was working.
My team along with another team had just finished back to back migrations. We upgraded Email systems and then converted Server OS’s- both of which involved touching every workstation in the company. We even had a celebration dinner to mark the conclusion of these two massive projects. The team I was on was working 50+ a week for close to 8 straight months.
Nothing stung more than knowing that you were just a number, not a valued employee. Loyalty meant nothing. Having 4 consecutive “Exceeds Expectations” on your performance reviews meant nothing.
The rest of my team was let go two days later.
I had figured something was rotten and was going to happen soon. Two days earlier we were at the local pool with the kids and I told Michelle, that I think they are letting us go. I started asking too many questions on Monday, so instead if letting me go on Thursday, they let me go on Tuesday.
But the upside was I got a clean start. I was able to make my Family a priority again. And anytime I catch myself being too wrapped up in my new job or wrapped into Swimming, I take a step back a remember August of 2006 when I got to spend an entire month with the kids. And by the way, I got paid to hang out with my kids because the severance covered me until October.
I take a step back and work on being the better Dad and better Husband. That is because that is what is most important. I sometimes slip but I go back to today, 6 years ago, when my eyes were opened a bit more to what is valuable to me.