Of course I would rather be working.
Give me Door No. 1 – the option with steady employment, the ability meet our financial obligations each month and the one that keeps me out of the most trouble at home.
Nobody wants to be one of the gazillion people filing unemployment claims each week, coming up with new ways to cook pasta and feeling guilty for buying a soda. I’m the point man for dishes, garbage, driving and any other chore out there.
One thing that I forgot to mention. This is the best thing that’s happened to me since I discovered cherry turnovers.
Now that I’ve been sent to timeout from the workforce, it’s a chance to step back and re-examine myself. What are my strengths? What are my weaknesses? I have more time to spend in the gym, to increase my spirituality and become a better father and husband.
For months, even years, my family rarely saw me around dinner. Now they probably wish I didn’t spend so much time at home.
“Don’t take this the wrong way, dad, but we like the actor who used to stand in for you. He used to bring us treats and let us stay up late.
I am more mindful of others and seek more opportunities to serve.
Sooner than later, I will return to work with the goal to replace an uncertain future with more stability. But I won’t be surprised if I look back and see that this couldn’t come at a better time.