On Friday Dan discovered through the grapevine, that the new manager will report directly to Dan's boss, not to Dan. Dan is very upset, especially that he found out the way he did. Of course, it's entirely possible that his boss informed him of this somewhere along the way and Dan wasn’t paying attention.
I’m thrilled that Dan will have less responsibility and therefore less stress. I’m thrilled that this is one step closer to retirement. At the same time, I am sad. Sad for what he has lost and sad to see the effect it is having on him. Last night he said, “I guess he’ll fire me from sales next.” He was trying very hard to sound flippant, but his pain and fear was evident.
I would have been happy for Dan to retire two years ago, with his dignity intact. But I don’t get to make those choices. This damn disease does. It’s just so hard to watch.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. ~ Psalms 46:1