I lost my job on August 16, 2003.
It was my first layoff. I had dodged the axe of corporate downsizers several times in the past, but I suppose it was time that probability caught up with me.
I won't meep you...it has been a difficult, difficult time. A long and difficult time. You always hope that a new job is right around the corner, and that it will be in the same field (in my case, public relations), but that's not always the case. Consulting work helps fill in the gaps, but it's not the same. There have been many dark hours for me over the past 15+ months. Were it not for the unbreakable love and support from my beautiful wife and kids, I don't know what I would do.
Anyway, it seems the drought is over. On Monday I accepted a new position, running an organization that provides services and support to autistic children and their families. This is really more of a career change as opposed to a new job. But I can't deny that there's some lovely symmetry happening here--some of you know that I have a child with autism.
So it's a new day for my family. A new day bright with promise and the prospect of better things to come. We're going to step into this great new day together and go to great new places.
Let me dedicate this, humbly, to my beautiful wife, who is my heart and soul, whose life is more precious to me than my own. She is my balance, my compass, and my light. She is my love.