The Gratitude Project

I am so grateful to Ms. Nicole Blades at for allowing me to grace her blog with my presence. I wrote a guest post for her about my daily intention to be grateful for all the little blessings in my life. And now I’m happy to share it with you. Enjoy!

Last November I was at work, busting my hump to finish the relaunch of my company’s website. I was about a week or so away from completion and I was so excited about adding this new project to my resume.

It was a regular Wednesday, so when my boss called me in to her office, I assumed she wanted an update on my progress. I had all my notes, but grew suspicious when our HR manager came in the office as well and closed the door behind her.

“Tara, I wish we had good news,” my boss said, carefully. “But we don’t. Your position has been eliminated, effective immediately.”

I was stunned.

I had heard the rumbling about financial trouble a couple months before, and our president and CEO had made it a point to stress during an all-staff meeting that there would be no layoffs. Silly me, I took the man at his word, so this news came as a shock to me.

I gathered my stuff slowly and my coworkers came up to me as word spread quickly. Six people were laid off, one in each department. It wasn’t hard to figure out who was who.

“Oh, Tara, I’m so sorry,” they all said, with the tone of voice that is usually reserved for paying your respects at a funeral.

I shrugged off their pity. “I’ll be fine,” I said confidently. “Hey, on the bright side, I’ll be able to sleep in tomorrow!” Yes, I was cracking jokes as I packed my stuff.

As confident as I was that day, the reality in the days that followed were completely different.

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