Monday, January 03, 2011
The above photo was taken when part of our dental staff went to Las Vegas for a seminar in March of 2007. My boss is on the far right, next to me...happier days. Well, after almost 14 1/2 (yes, that's fourteen and a half) years of working at the same place of employment, I was terminated today. The decision was made by my employers a couple of years ago, to renovate the dental office. The renovation was completed in August of 2009. They used the best of the best of everything, and it is beautiful, but it came at a cost, one that turned out to be too high for them to afford. This brought lots of stress into the office this summer when the schedule became difficult to fill some days. It brought on many more responsibilities for the Hygienists....and a pay cut for all of us too. I became very stressed over all of the new responsibilities, and the fact that with those added responsibilities I could no longer stay on schedule. But no matter how bad things had become, I stayed. Today, after a crazy busy day, I was called into the office and terminated. I was told that I was a "great Hygienist" and they would give me a "great recommendation" wherever I went. "Well, then why are you letting me go?" I asked. There was a pause, and then the response, "Because you're not enthusiastic enough." I'm not quite sure what this means, but I do know that I have been unhappy with the stress and the changes in the work atmosphere since June, I have been unhappy that I was forced to pick up an extra day a couple years ago, I was unhappy that I was constantly having to go in for meetings on my days off, and unhappy that in spite of all of my efforts to please, I was unappreciated. I feel like I've been slapped in the face, after all, I've bent over backwards to make them happy. I know that God has a purpose and a plan that is so much better than mine, and I am eager to discover what that is. He knew that unless He booted me out the door, I would never leave because I don't like change. (I think it's my fear of the unknown) I am being given another lesson in trusting God in all things. I'm feeling like "they" didn't let me go, God did, and I am blessed.