For the second time in 12 months, I watched another email come through the corporate channels discussing a wide range of layoffs for another round of journalists. Not just any journalists, excellent journalists. These were journalists who sacrificed their nights, weekends, and perhaps, even their families to produce something for you to consume: good, quality content.

How were they repaid? How were they thanked? They were laid off.

I logged onto LinkedIn and told myself I would see an echo chamber of misery, frustration, and anger.

Nope. None.

There was an appreciation for the emotions, and relief it brought some. And also, a finality for some of them to do something they loved even more – like authoring their very own book.

I Turned Off My Computer And Started Building LEGO®

Out of respect for the writers, the editors, the journalists, and the reporters who had accepted me into their ranks, I decided to do what you should do, too. Get yourself a LEGO® set and start snapping. What a strange time we live in. It is an era of cutting off the nose to spite the face. I am not saying give up, I am saying give in to yourself and let yourself have some fun.

Turned On “Tuesdays With Morrie” To Start The Session

The therapeutic effects of building with LEGO® are endless. It allows for a tactile, thought-provoking, body-relaxing activity – much like writing. Whenever I find myself stressed out, the alluring taps of LEGO® pieces lightly falling out of a plastic bag reminds me that I am present. That in my decades of age there is a version of me at every age ready to play and relax.

I turned on the audiobook, “Tuesdays With Morrie,” and recognized the joy of being without a job for the foreseeable future. And, I took notice of the thoughts I had while I put together a beautiful, botanical LEGO® set.

“What if I got this promotion?”

“What if I got this raise?”

“What if I got this recognition?”

What if I decided to recognize all I wanted was in front of me? What you don’t have, you don’t need it now. If you lost something, it can always be found. Just like that little LEGO® brick that has fallen under your couch.

Play well!

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