Sunday, February 1, 2009
Well, it's been quite a week. I had the great misfortune of walking into work on friday to see countless people I know and care about standing silently in the lobby holding boxes full of their belongings. The silence was louder than anything I've ever heard before. It's such a haunting scene... not a word was spoken. And for the first hour I was there, I didn't know who was next. It could have been any of us. Nobody was safe. The economic turmoil had at long last hit home.
That being said, my deepest sympathies go out to everyone affected. Nobody feels good about what happened. Those of us that made it through don't feel much better. We're left with survivor's guilt and the terrible memory of the friends who sat beside us every day who are no longer there.
I can't even begin to describe how awful it is to see this happening to our country. Everyone knows at least a few people who have been hit like this. You see it every day on the news. CNN is keeping a running tally of layoffs nationwide. The numbers are terrible. Those of us who are employed, be thankful and do everything you can to make yourself valuable. Those who are in more dire circumstances, keep your heads up and know that someday (hopefully soon) things will improve.
God help us all.
- Craig Billow had this thought on 2/01/2009 10:31:00 AM