A while back, I eluded to some big changes Eric was going though regarding employment.
The shortest distance between two points is a straight line.
Here's the straight line.
He worked for one company for 21 years.
He got a new boss in the last year that made his life a living hell.
He was more miserable than I have ever known him to be.
He began looking for another job.
While looking, he had a performance review at work.
While Eric and his team met their financial numbers, his boss felt he "didn't fit with the company anymore" and asked him to find another job.
(Because, you know, it's really simple to find another job when you're upper management and you're 50--NOT.)
He didn't fire him, because he had no grounds to do so.
Much prayer and sadness and anger and frustration and so many sleepless nights have been a part of our lives for at least 8 months.
We both felt the weight of the world on his shoulders.
Our prayers were answered--and in a good way!
His former company offered him a modest 'buy out' (ie: here's some money, please don't sue us for asking you to leave for no good reason).
The icing on the cake is that he was offered a job at a company that he'd been talking to since Thanksgiving---right on the heels of the dissolution with the former company.
When one door closes.....
He wants to spend some of that buy out on things we've been putting off for years---like fencing the property and putting up a barn.
We'll tithe it to church first, and we'll move forward from there.
I've called our favorite local painters to come give me a bid to paint the interior of our house.
Monday, he started his new job!
He'll be traveling much more this coming year, while getting to know the people in his territory.
He's traveled before.
It's not something that's a problem for me.
Heck, I've only got one kid at home instead of 3 this time.
I'm just thrilled beyond measure that he's happy.
That he looks forward to each new day.
Bonus--his territory is all of the "Americas"--Canada to the southern most tip of South America.
Airline miles equals free flying to places we both want to travel to--namely Machu Picchu.
That really is on top of the world.
Blessed does not begin to cover how we feel.