Written for dVerse Poets Pub: #5, Revisiting Anthony Desmond
I would like us to reflect and write on a belief (or what we thought was real) and how they can transform as our views and ideas change throughout our lives. Write on a belief that you once had that has now changed or you let go of it. Did it change any relationships that you had? Have you ever been pressured to change a viewpoint? How did that make you feel?
If you were loyal to a company
that employed you, they would
demonstrate their loyalty
in kind. This was my
belief when I began working.
I do recall being shocked
to see people I worked with let go
after thirty years of service, and more.
This only escalated when a firm
was bought out, and employees
were asked to attend a meeting
of assurance that we would not lose
our jobs. I quickly discovered
that if our boss was let go-which seemed
to be de rigueur with new employers–
we would be next. First,
those of us left would be spoken
to in an unkind manner, accused
of actions we had no part of,
and generally harassed so
that we would quit, and
severance would not need
to be paid out. Maybe at some point,
loyalty and hard work was recognized;
not during my working career.