Even though it has only been a little over 7 weeks since my husband has been laid off, we have learned a few lessons.
I admit I would rather have learned these lessons by reading about them on someone else's blog instead of living them out myself, but live them out we have.
Lessons Learned During a Layoff:
- Getting a job is easier said than done. My husband has applied, inquired, emailed, personally visited, and called many businesses with no results.
- It takes money to make money. My husband finally got his commercial driver's license in the hopes that he will be available for a wider range of jobs. In order to get the license, he had to pay fees at the driver's license office, have up to date auto insurance, and pay a trucking company for some behind the wheel training.
- A bargain is not a bargain if you can't afford it. I used to read over the sale fliers for Bealls or Payless Shoes or Target to see what bargains I might pick up for a steal. I might even find a BOGO! (Buy one, get one free) Now, I throw those right in the trash. It doesn't matter if something is a great deal at 50% off if you can't afford the 50%.
- We used to spend an awful lot of money just ambling down the aisles at Walmart. Now that we are on severe saving mode, we go directly to the aisle of the item we need, and make a bee line for the check out. I can't believe how much money we keep in our pockets this way!
- Our children pick up on the tension and fear we think we are hiding. Whining and bickering in children seems to be directly proportional to worry and stress in parents. It seems they know something is wrong, even though the adults try to keep it under wraps. We recently had a tearful family meeting wherein a certain Smockity repented of her bad attitude and lack of faith.
- I am much better at giving than receiving. I love to give. Giving makes me feel generous and helpful and happy. Receiving, though I am thankful for the many blessings we have received, makes me feel needy and burdensome and not in control.
- I like to be in control. One of the most challenging parts of this whole ordeal is that I have absolutely no control over what is happening. I may be a knucklehead, but I'm pretty sure God is trying to teach me something with this one.
- Our friends are awesome. We have been hugged, checked up on, called, written, texted, visited, and emailed. Basically God has blessed our britches off with some stupendous people in our lives!
I'm certain there are more lessons in store while we wait to see what the future holds. Only time will tell what those may be.