Last week I wrote about volunteering to keep your “saw sharp” and yourself busy as the recession looms overhead. Today I noticed that MSNBC’s had a column on Dealing with Rejection as well as what people are doing with all their time during their layoffs and another on what people are doing to keep their skills sharp. After reading these articles I was once again struck with how much we have put work before family.
Some of the people that told their stories said they enjoyed getting to know their families again. One man stated he hadn’t seen his wife this much in 20 years! He was out of the house early and returning late. Others state that they are helping more with the family chores, kids, dinner, etc. And a few stated that one of the good things that came of being laid off was the ability to help a sick spouse.
I would hope that once we all get back to work we will not forget one of the good things that happened from this recession is reconnecting families once again. Perhaps the lesson learned will be that we need “work/life balance”. Too much work and not enough play is not a good thing. Some stated that they have played golf so much that they are ready to get back to work. They just need to land a job.
Whenever we let the pendulum swing too far one way or the other, we are out of balance. Let’s hope we are learning from this unemployment lesson as well. The family unit is and always will be important to our stability, mental health and well being. We often take for granted that the family will be there for us when we have the time and can break away from work long enough. Now that so many are unemployed, they are relying on the family for support and love. Much like prayer, we tend to only turn to family when there is a crisis. I hope the lesson from all this is, family is always #1.