We lost our jobs. That means we lost our paychecks.
Some have subsequently lost houses, lost sanity, lost freedoms.
To stay afloat, we have lost privileges that we might have thought were rights. Luxuries too easily defined as ‘needs’ when we don’t have to think about giving something up to pay for it.
Those losses all hurt.
Opportunity cost it’s called. Example? To have the opportunity to send sympathy flowers to a friend who lost his wife, means we give something up. Groceries? The rare dinner out?
But with loss can also come gain – or a positive loss, shall we say.
Loss of stress. Loss of angst over corporate politics.
Loss of time-saving surcharges.
Loss of worry over when to fit ‘life’ into work life, how to find what is laughingly called ‘work-life balance’.
Loss of stress cannot be measured in terms of dollars.
Sometimes a loss is actually a positive.
What have you thought of as a loss that you can turn into a positive?
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