How was your day, dear?
Few movies are as timely as "The Company Men," which follows the lives of three corporate masters of the universe (Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, Tommy Lee Jones) after they are abruptly downsized by the same company.
After years of service and hard work, they realize they have become just a name on a list, liabilities to the bottom line. Sadly, it's the way of the world these days.
Being recently downsized myself, this movie struck a chord in its depiction of one's reactions to the loss of one's livelihood: shock, denial, anger and finally, acceptance. And the "benefits" offered by the company can be disheartening: outplacement centers try to boost morale but are better at giving you a harsh dose of reality. Jobs may be out there, but don't count on the same salary, or if they are — they're for someone younger.
Having a job defines us — it gives value and purpose to your day. It should only be a part of who we are, but when it's gone and not by your choice, it pulls you off balance. Once confident in your destiny and your abilities, now you must face possible rejection and economic uncertainty.