I am mostly a "glass half full" kinda gal. I have been told on more than one occasion that my ability to look for the sunshine and roses in a bad situation can be annoying. (which is really strange because I don't consider myself to be an optimist. I just prefer to look for the sunflower side of life.)
However, I am finding myself struggling a bit this week. I know very few people who have absolute job security, our family included. (actually, as I was typing, I realized that I could think of quite a few. Pollyanna lives!) Jessi has had to deal with furlough days at her work to help balance the city budget. (My response was to name all her friends who work with her and remind her that furlough days mean that they all get to keep their jobs right now. Which is a good point until you go to pay your bills and realize that you are missing several days of pay from the aforementioned furlough days. On the other hand, she still lives at home and doesn't really have that many bills.)
I have also worked where I work long enough (almost 21 years) to realize that christian retail is not exempt from lay-offs and hard times. The corporate portion of our company had lay-offs last August. I suspect that the retail division may do the same sometime later this year. Not to mention the fact that one of our christian retail competitors recently closed their store here. (I find it terribly sad that a city this size could not or would not support three christian retailers. I'd like to think that there are more than enough churches and Christians in our fair city to give business to all of us.)
Anyway, Josh found out on Friday that they are having their salaries reduced at his work in order to avoid lay-offs for now. I am most appreciative that they are taking this approach. I don't want anyone to be laid off. My problem is...the thing that I am having trouble finding the rainbow in...what I cannot wrap my head around is...if there really is a need to trim salaries and ponder lay-offs...then why on earth are they taking management on an all expenses paid trip to a famous gambling location? Any thoughts?