Friday, February 19, 2010

Last Rites 55

As they pulled the plug
I felt a sense of relief.
Breathing stopped being mechanical
and the universe expanded before me.
This world had run its course.
It was time to take the next big step
into unknown territory.
Fear.
Excitement.
Anxiety.
Loss.
Freedom.
One certainty –

I would never go to that horrible job again.
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Last Tuesday I gave last rites to my job of six and a half years. It started as a sales job with a small locally owned company and turned into a political nightmare after we were purchased by a multi-billion dollar conglomerate that wanted a melting pot of PC purity so anyone with an opinion, personality or sense of humor was quickly squashed, fired or left. I was fired. Now I am free to pursue my number one goal - Happiness.
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This is a Flash Fiction Friday 55.

If you want to know what the hell that means visit g-man.
The challenge is on.
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29 comments:

ShAKirA CHOONG said...

Dearest MM,
Such a depressing ritual indeed
but a reality.
I can really feel your sadness
and frustration.

I am so sorry that you lost your job.
It it their lost.

GOD KNOWS BEST.

I wish you HAPPINESS, always.

Have a great weekend.

hugs
shakira

Quilldancer said...

I am sorry you were fired, but I have been in a similar position and know the freedom you now feel!

http://quilldancer.com/2010/02/19/55-flash-fiction-friday/

Buzzard said...

Sometimes a parting of ways is not a loss at all but a rebirth of sorts.

Happy birthday!

Follow me in the loft The Loft

Thom said...

That was a wonderful 55 but I'm sorry you lost your job but hell with them. Happiness is all that counts. Excellent :)

Alice Audrey said...

Now, now. I know the day job is a pain, but let's not go to extremes!

Green-Eyed Momster said...

Monkey Man, I meant every word of the email I sent you! You are worthy of greatness and happiness. I hope that you enjoy every minute of every day because everything will work out for the better. I'm living proof.

I have to say congratulations! It's no fun working with assholes...I know this much is true!

You'll probably end up being your own boss since you have a strong personality like the man I'm married to.

Wishing you all the best and much happiness always, my friend.

Titanium said...

You can swing from this, Monkey Man:
you didn't need that wretched job for anything. The right thing will find you before you know it, and meanwhile keep writing!

You rock.

Doctor FTSE said...

Great post, and hope you find better employment soon.

Mama Zen said...

Probably going to be the best thing that ever happened to you, Monkey Man!

Brian Miller said...

wow. big step monkey...so whats the next step? where does your hapiness reside? best wishes!

sarah said...

woo hoo....you have new adventures awaiting you and you got courage...follow your heart. Awesome 55. Sarah

jinksy said...

Did you realise you 55 is shaped like a very elegany funeral urn?!

Dulce said...

Oh yes!!! Happiness first..
Great 55- you lost a job but gained peace... Nothing is casual!

Thabks for commenting and nice weekend!

Nessa said...

I am sorry you were fired, but I think congratulations are in order.

Great 55.

Detour

Larry said...

Well I'm going to say congratulations to you MM and hope the best is yet to come nobody should have to work where their no appreciated and it sounds like that's what is happening to the people there at your work. I hope the best for you mm.
PS sorry for missing Sunday 160 it wasn't on purpose I just simply ran out of time.
larry

Matty said...

You put that 55 topic together nicely. I sure hope things work out for you in the job market. Wish you the best there. Keep us in the loop.

Peter Stone said...

Great 55, but sorry to hear you were fired. But you're right, the future awaits!

Enchanted Oak said...

MM, here you go:
::moment of silence for your job::
Now, celebrate! I once was laid off from a job that had become painful, and it was the happiest of occasions. Here's to your new adventure! (Applause)

Alicia said...

A worthy pursuit.

Here's my 55.

G-Man said...

Relax for awhile, then look for another opportunity brother!
With your brain and experiance, you'll be hittin the old grindstone sooner than you think.
Excellent 55 My Friend.
Thanks for playing, and your great support.
Have a Kick Ass Week-End...G

Cameron said...

Monkey Man! That was a powerful post. I had no idea you lost your job and I am sorry, but that said, from the little I know of you, you will find something so much better and you will be so much happier. Being in a work place like that is NO place for a monkey of your intelligence.
Hope you have a good weekend and CLEANSE the negative crap from that job.
the other monkey

SandyCarlson said...

Follow your bliss. I love the metaphor!

Mona said...

O Dear, that must be a pretty awful job to die for ( no pun intented)

hope said...

Sorry to hear about the "firing" part of your job; I'm too polite to type what I actually think of takeovers like that.

And yet, a small part of me, trapped in a similar politically correct situation [and me with a sense of humor!] was jumping up and down yelling, "You go boy! Run towards happiness as fast as you can!"

Let us know what you find that makes you happy. Sending good wishes your way.

Cloudia said...

May your abundant integrity and talent take you in a better direction now that you are free of those fools.



Aloha, Fellow "Snake"


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ShAKirA CHOONG said...

Me has an award for you!
Be http://justmeshakirack.blogspot.com/2010/02/happiness-from-tina-and-ishabelle.html

hugs
shakira

Yvonne said...

There is something exhilirating about walking out on a hated job. I did it once and never regretted it.

good post!!

Felicitas said...

Congratulations! Life is too short to be stuck doing something we hate 40+ hours a week. Happiness is a wonderful goal!

Unknown Mami said...

Enjoy your freedom!