“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
This morning, my boss called me into his office. As I mentioned before, I felt strongly changes were coming. I was informed our department would be going from three members to two. My co-worker was notified this morning that her position was terminated. It was not unexpected, but still very hard to hear. She was the first to welcome me to the company many years ago, even though we didn't work together at the time. Her presence will be missed. As I was still trying to process the changes within our department, another bit of office news brought me to tears. A former co-worker, who has been battling cancer, has been moved to a hospice facility. At one point in his treatment, things were moving in a positive direction. The outlook was very good. But, recently things took a turn for the worse. A recent MRI showed an aggressive growth of the cancer in his brain and spine. My heart aches thinking about his wife and two very young boys. Those boys need their Dad. His wife needs her husband. You shouldn't have to think about widowhood in your thirties. You think about your kids going to college, them getting married, having grandchildren and settling into retired life. That's how it is supposed to go...