Friday, June 3, 2011

Support

Unfortunately the situation at work continues down hill… right when we think we have hit rock bottom we get a rude awakening that we’re still on our way down. On that thought, Norm’s position was eliminated last week. He had a tough decision to make at the time and what came of it is that he is going to take the opportunity to move forward on his own. There is absolutely no reason to take a step backwards with this company because there is no future with this company.

What I have (and I’m still finding) interesting is the levels of support that people around us are (and are not) extending. Support has shown its face in various ways: whether it’s venting to friends over drinks, or listening to different points of views from older people, or a simple call that says “you guys are in my prayers” or a text that says “I’ve been through it, everything will work out” or a quick call to see how the job search is going.

Then there are people around us that pretend nothing is happening. No acknowledgement, no sign of care. They are moving on with happy-go-lucky-everyday life.

I want to go ahead and put out there that I am not expecting people to show support or sympathy. We are owed nothing. All I am stating is that:

1. The support given is meaningful and appreciated. Although the calls, texts and emails are purely emotional support (although we won’t turn down monetary support! joke!), they provide all the motivation and hope to keep moving forward.

2. I understand that through difficult times some folks shut down and are uncomfortable sharing their thoughts.

3. Although I have been guilty of not always providing encouraging words to those around me, I am learning that no matter how uncomfortable it is for me to say something to the one who is undergoing a hard time, the impact of my actions on the other person are going to be so significant that I just need to get out of my comfort zone for their sake.

To all those who are thinking about us, praying for us, calling us and being attentive of us – a huge thank you!

And thank you Pablo for posting a post that’s fitting like a glove during these times.

1 comment:

Cristina said...

Hey Nandi! It's been a while since I popped over here to say hi and see how you are doing! I am so sorry that I didn't see this post sooner! I hope things are going better for you and Norm. Please let me know if there is ever anything I can do. I may live far away but I am close at heart. :) I'll be keeping you in my thoughts & wishing you the best! Love, Kiki

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