"Over forty years of professional life, I have lost four jobs. Each loss was different, each was traumatic at the time, and yet, in retrospect, each was a liberation" (p. 2). "The two immediate fears upon losing a job are loss of wealth and loss of power (status, sway). The eventual learning, however, is that people will be helpful, money isn't everything, status is a fickle god, and making one's way, even a lesser way, can be satisfying. The overarching lesson, I think, is that we would be wise to go about our work and our lives as if getting fired could happen tomorrow. I don't mean getting obsessive about work, or lackadaisical, but rather putting work in perspective. A job is a job, not a life" (p. .
Author is an Episcopal priest, writer and church consultant.