I’m thankful to be employed
Today is Thanksgiving Day 2015. Normally I don’t post about daily things, as I tend to keep this blog for technical posts in nature, but I felt that I had to post something that I’m thankful for this year. In short, I’m thankful for my job.
Such a change a year can make
Last year was a very hard year for my family and I. After working for several years at my previous job, I was one of those laid off in 2014 due to on going budgetary cutbacks. My previous employer had been experiencing cutbacks in budget each year since 2008. This resulted in layoffs each year due to those cutbacks. According to Wikipedia the Great Recession ended in 2009. But it isn’t exactly like everything turns rosy and suddenly industry is operating at 200% of its previous efficiency and productivity. Certain places lag behind others, sometimes by years. Where we live, we lag by a lot.
2014 for us was very hard. Thanksgiving 2014 for us was humble. We weren’t sure when I was going to get a new job. When you’re unemployed for a while each purchase is a trade off between do we eat something or save money for a job search. You cut what you can, to help make something else you need come about. Or at least you hope. It took longer, but it finally came.
This year is better
This year is better. This year I have a new job. We can buy our own turkey. We’re not worried as we were a year ago. In this day and age Thanksgiving tends to be a forgotten holiday, offering little more than food, football and fast purchasing in preparation for Christmas. But for me it is a time to reflect. I think back to last Thanksgiving and compare it to this Thanksgiving. I thank God for my new job.