Friday, November 27, 2009
Although I am unemployed, I need to acknowledge what I DO HAVE and what I am THANKFUL for as I am coming up on my one year anniversary of being laid off.
My Health - I am healthy, enough said. In fact, I have lost 10 pounds and lowered my blood pressure.
My Friends, Family and Former Colleagues- Everyone has been supportive during these stressful times. And although the advice from one family member is little ka-ka, I know it is coming from the heart. I am grateful to former colleagues who I have been out of touch for years have been so willing to provide networking contacts to help in my job search.
My Home - It is hard seeing a constant barrage of news stories about foreclosures which is depressing and makes me angry that the banks are so unwilling to work with families to keep their homes but I am lucky that I am not in that situation. My daughter and I have a nice roof over my head and frankly, I probably give more to the homeless (even to the U.H.O., which is under investigation by the Attorney General) because I have a home.
Unemployment Benefits - Because I live in a double digit unemployment state, unemployment benefits were extended time and time again. Sure its only $405/week, but it's better than nothing.
Cobra Subsidy - No matter your thoughts on the insurance plan being discussed, to be unemployed and have a huge cobra payment is an unbelievable financial burden. So the 65% subsidy approved to pay for Cobra has been a $$$ god send (actually it's Obama send.)
Time for my Daughter - I will eventually will find a job but as I think back on her first year of elementary school and having to drop her off in the cafeteria so I could get to my job on time (because my manager was a jerk was a stickler for arriving at 9 even though I never took lunch and worked until 7), I am grateful for the time to walk her to school and drop her off like the other families.
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND.