In only 24 hours time, I have been given an endless supply of support concerning the loss of my job yesterday.
#1 Ian took the news in stride. Yes, there was a tiny freaking out session, but we calmed and started brainstorming. Then when I woke up this morning in a renewed state of panic and sadness -- Ian understood. He was in my same position only 7 months ago. What a blessing to have a sympathetic partner. He, like me, doesn't know what we are going to do, but I think he's been blessed with the same faith that things will work out just fine. Walking blindly isn't his style, nor mine. Heavenly Father will help us though. We have the power to pray over this problem and find an answer.
#2 After a wonderful conversation with a truly amazing friend this morning, I posted the below Matthew 6 scripture on Facebook to comfort my former co-workers who are in the same situation. I've had quite the response in my email and also many phone calls from concerned friends. It feels good to be loved and supported when all your brain wants to do is breakdown and accept your own I'm-not-good-enough vibes.
#3 I had emailed a good friend and former co-worker about my situation last night. This morning she reported back that her manager (who told me 9 years ago that I was welcome back any time) wants to help me. He just has to get approval from the executives. It would be lesser pay, but the kindness of the offer is so appreciated.
#4 My girlfriends in the neighborhood have offered their services for when job interviews come up and Liam will need tending.
#5 My Dad said he wants to pay for plane tickets so Liam and I can go visit Indiana while I'm not working.
#6 My father-in-law gave me some good advice about stretching our money with the help of unemployment when the severance runs out.
The list could go on. Besides all the contact with loving friends and having a fun day off with Liam... I've accomplished a lot in the job search. I am registered with two placement agencies, filed my unemployed status with the state and I've applied for so many jobs already. It was a busy day.
Thank you to everyone for your supportive notions and love. My cup runneth over.