Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Thankful For Employment-Any Employment

Sometimes, when I think of bad economic times, I catch myself thinking "Thank goodness we are all well educated and don't have to rely on factory jobs, which always fluctuate with the economy!". But, of course, that can become a kind of snobbery. Today I saw that Citigroup is laying off 53, 000 workers, who I assume are of the white collar variety. I don't remember a time in my lifetime when the financial industry was laying people off. We're not talking about a hiring freeze here. These are actual layoffs.

So, today, I'm not merely thankful for jobs I enjoy, I'm thankful that I and my family members are all currently employed, period. I pray that it stays that way, but, of course, it might not. Whatever the future, I know the Lord will provide. I know we will pull together and help each other through.

The November 30 Day Thanksgiving Challenge


Rose said...

This is certainly something to be thankful for these days! I heard on the news the other day that record numbers of people are applying for seasonal jobs at retailers. Here I am thinking about a small part-time job, but being very picky about it, while others are trying to find ANY job to help pay the bills!

Lady Sterling said...

Isn't this so true - I still have co-workers complaining about their jobs today - not enough vacation, benefits aren't good enough, my raise was next to nothing, blah, blah, blah. I feel like a broken record telling folks at the manufacturing company I work for, be thankful you still have a job! They have already laid off office job people around me, as a programmer, and we should all be thankful. This was a similar situation after 9/11 - people griping about their jobs while close people we knew were losing theirs.