Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Little Alters Anywhere
As mentioned earlier, I was laid off and consider myself in some ways unemployed. I went to a thing run by the NY Public Library about the stress of being unemployed long term. I met many people unemployed for over a year.
The presenter didn't really handle the stress described by the audience and just pitched the standard job hunting techniques and was pretty un-empathic about it too. I actually started feeling rather anxious about it all and was dismayed at tears welling up. I tried to blink them away but as usual that didn't work. I wondered how many others there felt the same, and it's been only a couple of months for me.
I felt even more ashamed of myself for feeling so upset compared to so many others I sat with. Searching for a tissue I found the box I'd made earlier that day. I was surprised by how much comfort it brought me. It even stayed with me when I woke up this morning hopeful and ready to get to work. I thought this class up for everyone else. It looks like it helped me out as much as anyone I had hoped to reach.