As I mentioned previously, I know six people who lost their job this past week. One of them is an old colleague of mine from the Center For Teaching Excellence at American University, Alaina. Alaina was one of 47 people out of 200 at her location who were laid off. Alaina has reported feeling unmotivated to leave her house, and a little depressed about the whole thing. You can track her journey through the process on her blog and compare it to my mine. She’s smarter than I am, she’s making money off her ads!
Here’s my advice, Alaina, for what it’s worth: put it in context. We’re just statistics in a much larger economic picture, so we have to do the best we can and still enjoy life. It is not a personal failure and nobody sees it that way. It’s a bit like living through the Great Depression, we’re victims of history. The bright side is at least we’re taking part in history. Someday we can tell our families about the Great Recession of the 2000’s and how we dealt with it. We blogged.