29 May 2010


I am an inherently resilient person, with a gift/curse of emotional amnesia. I do not like feeling bad, and quickly (quickly!) can take an external hurt and hide it somewhere. It is how I made it through over a decade of mostly (NOT Jane) abusive relationships. Once the incident is over and calm returns, I am so relieved by the calm that I move from the hurt as fast as I can.

Now, in my current much more healthy life, I do not have to experience this as often since the hurts are different- except at work.

This work transition left me reeling, hurt, angry, and feeling very lost. It does not matter than I have been unhappy for the last two years (out of 12), or that I'd been whatiffing, worried about the company closing, a wider layoff, a pay cut that cut too close-- the worry of losing the house, but also the dreams of having the opportunity of opening up to a bigger expression of myself...
it does not matter because This time decrease and This pay decrease, this was Just Me, and phrased in ways it was impossible not to take personally. I can make excuses for what was said but I think I am going to try to choose not to. I am compassionate, but that does not excuse the fact that someone acted badly and I got hurt.

Then, as suddenly as the hurt and craziness came, there was a crescendo, and then, in this moment, I am back to some sort of ok-ness.
I know I am not ok, but I am. Does this make sense? I put the hurt somewhere and am now finding myself looking past the hurt and recognizing the potential gift of a day.
The financial stress is not ok, will not be ok, and has ramifications (meeting with realtor, for example)--

A horrible story to tell/admit to- once upon a time, in a very emotionally abusive relationship, I remember wishing she would just hit me, just hit me so I could go. As if with that tangible evidence, evidence that something so irrefutably bad had happened, that no one could question my leaving.

Well, this was sort of like that. Not a hit, but a *something* a something you cannot turn back from and pretend all is as it was. It isn't. It won't be. This opened me up to step away from some of my own disfunction just enough to feel relief, as if I am off the hook.

Bopping around on the internet yesterday I came across an article about how to keep your employees from quitting (in a shit economy folks stay in miserable jobs .. then the economy starts to improve and folks quit like lemmings)--and found that it was written by this really interesting fellow, G.L. Hoffman, the CEO of LinkUp.com, a new job search site that lists jobs from company sites (not to be confused with Linked In). He's a serial entrepreneur and has a gift of clear communication. He's got a great graphical 5-Second MBA based on venn diagrams and infused with humor that is totally worth the 5 minutes-- there's a link to it on his blog.

Anyway, we ended up exchanging a few emails, and in one I wrote that this job event had taken me off the hook of my capital L Loyalty. Which is another ancient leftover from my dysfunctional days. Loyalty is not a bad thing. But this kind, Loyalty in spite of anything/everything is never a good idea. But my newly healthier self has a battle to fight with my old habits of being and my quest for peace.

So my challenge now, how to keep from getting sucked back in (backsliding) and how to move forward/outwards/inwards toward a more full expression of myself?

I am opening to the idea of finding other types of work. I work in a niche engineering wise, but my actual skills are broader than those. So I am trying to envision how to present myself (like on linked in)- in a way that is totally true to myself.
But this is also about The Day--I will now have one day a week to fill how I wish.

Want to hear about some of my daydreaming? (fed, of course, by input from loved ones- thank you Sarah!)
What about me offering an online journalling course? an e-course? The start of a series, maybe one on journalling, another on creativity, perhaps another on being present...
What would I call the series? (name ideas? bring them ON)

How about a website about later-in-life real life pregnancy/parenting without the annoying assumption of wealth and leisure? (aka Plum which just simply pissed me off)... (this could be the next incarnation of my blog or a broader community effort)...

I can finish my novel! Send it out! Maybe start to really look at the grief project to see if I can let it go or if it needs my attention to come to some sort of book...

See? one day may be the gift I have been needing.

yesterday the little one wiggled around nearly all day long, it was magnificent, fabulously distracting, and a great reminder that everything everything everything is changing.

And, while humbling and scary and holyshitwhatamIdoing, it is also wide open with possibility.

Hurt aside, how cool is that?

Adding openness to lightness. I think I am starting to like my list.


Joannah said...

I am well acquainted with the "work hurt thing", and it sucks. I am sorry you are going through that right now. I just hope that one day a week will be really good for all the other things you want to do - even if it's just sitting around feeling the baby kick. :)

Kate said...

So sorry for the job woes. I bet you'll find a fulfilling way to spend your extra day from looking at your list.
So glad the little one is keeping you happy and entertained!

sprogblogger said...

So glad you sound so much better. I know you'll make this work for you in ways you can't even imagine yet. And I love the concept of an online journalling course! I'll bet folks would sign up for that in droves.

Many hugs and belly pats (and isn't feeling movement just the best thing ever?)

Dream Seeker said...

Hello Kate, thanks for your lovely comments on my blog...how inspiring that you too made a big down-sizing decision once! Sorry to hear about the work woes but I love the new ideas - it is just so fun being creative about where our money comes from. We've been toying with all sorts of ideas since R decided to leave his job and there are so many ways we can be true to our hearts, bring pleasure to others and put food on the table. Our needs are so minimal really, us funny human creatures, and there are many many innovative ways we can meet at least the financial ones. Having said that, I'm just about to go to my new job working part-time as a hotel receptionist for a bit of extra cash a week...not exactly what I envisaged myself doing at this age but just a little means to an end! Leaving me still with plenty of time to read and write and do the job I love. Wishing you luck and bountiful abundance in all your endeavours xxxx

KathyB said...


I hope the winding journey through these valleys and peaks ultimately delivers you to the big "YES".

ox, KathyB

Elizabeth said...

Dearest Kate -- I don't have the time to write much now, but I'm having a really difficult patch at work too. It's complicated, isn't it always, abut in a nutshell: things are not going well, I'm not performing well, not selling my hours, and just was non-selected for (yet another) contract. I hate being carried by others and I hate feeling like I'm not doing well at work, a first for me. At any rate, I think I came to this link originally through you; today's post seems really timely for my life and I thought you might like it too. With love,


linda said...

Have you ever looked at elance.com? It has all sorts of techie freelance jobs that you might be qualified for...it could ease of the stress of needing work while giving you the flexibility to work from home. I've also found a few gigs here and there on craigslist (look in the "gigs" section). Lots of people need engineer sorts for "one off" odd projects.

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