I’ve been reading a lot about layoffs this week, more than usual it seems like. I quite literally gasped this morning when I read The Associated Press, my first employer, will trim 10 percent of its workforce next year. That’s 400 employees.
Perhaps you’ve been laid off. Or you’re like me, anxiously watching everyone around you either lose their jobs or worry they’re going to. It’s so upsetting. Of course we need to be aware of what’s happening in our business, but please don’t get too discouraged.
Remember, all these news stories of layoffs and the economy really are distractions. The anxiety. The ambivalence. All of it distracts us from our determined push toward our professional goals, which presumably are in journalism. They are obstacles, tests of our determination. We are entitled to the anxiety we feel. We should acknowledge it but then move on, resume our push toward our goals. Indulging in our anxiety only clouds our focus.
For six years I’ve worked under the uncertainty of no steady paycheck. I’ve done it armed with the belief that if we work hard, if we work earnestly and in good faith, the money will follow. This belief never has been proven wrong. Clients have come and gone, and when one disappears another always comes along to replace it, usually offering more opportunity.
We will get through this. We always do.