May 24, 2011

Scary Times

by Terri Wagner

For months now I've been hearing the horror stories of people laid off and feeling so terrible for them. I would quickly say a prayer and then double my efforts to make sure I was ok.

Then it happened to me! Totally blindsided me. I had been with the company for almost 17 years. I had moved from part time sales rep to editorial manager. And the money was pretty good for this area. I distinctly remember just five weeks ago crossing Mobile Bay thinking wow, pretty commute, love my job, life is good, I think I'll stay until I can retire.

Then five short weeks later I get so sorry you make too much money, we have to cut back, here's some severance pay, and oh by the way leave now. I was so shook up I left some personal files on my computer and had a camera at home.

That was Monday, yesterday, why does it feel like a million years ago. The only up side to all of this is my FB friends, you've all stepped up to the plate, said a prayer for me, made me feel better.

As for me well there are the ok let's close this door and find the open window moments, the shattered what on earth do I do moments and the hey it could be so much worse moments.

I'll keep you posted. And please continue your prayers and your thoughts. It helps. Believe me it does.


  1. Lots of hugs and prayers coming your way,Terri. Our family has experienced the "lay off" thing on far too many occasions. Once dear hubby was told, "We have to cut back and since we think you stand the best chance of finding another job, we decided we had to let you go." Really? Was that a compliment?
    Then there's the RIF...which is really just FIRed backwards.

    If I lived closer, I would bake you something yummy and make you laugh. I do know that Heavenly Father has a great plan for you. New and exciting things are about to happen! Go Terri!

  2. Lots of hugs and prayers to you. I know the Lord provides, but sometimes he really makes us struggle first.

  3. Blogger hasn't liked me lately so I am just now able to comment. I just want you to know I will be praying for you.

  4. This is one of the most awful, scary, and jarring things to have happen to you. I'm so sorry, and will pray that things go alright. Having been there so recently (and still dealing with the repercussions), I know just how bad this feels. Have a cyber-hug from me.

  5. Terri,
    I am praying that you will find God's will for this next phase of your life: happiness for you and an avenue for you to share with others your talents and wisdom.


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