If you haven't read it yet, I highly recommend checking out Life After Layoffs, Arlene Sheff's first-person account of losing her senior meeting and event planner position with The Boeing Co. I couldn't put it down.
I wish it weren’t the case, but so many people have recently gone through something similar, or are going through it now, or are ducking and covering and hoping it won’t happen to them that I'm guessing it resonates with more than just me. I don't know anyone who hasn't been touched in some way by the economic downturn, and the way she shares the emotions that go along with a layoff is just, well, you can't help but root for her.
To all who are in the throes of unemployment right now, keep the faith. As someone who's been laid off, I know how disheartening, frustrating, and scary it can be. But, as they say, this too shall pass. Eventually. Hang in there.
As for Arlene, I can’t wait for the followup story on her brilliant post-Boeing career.