Today is a special day for my employer raised record profits and shared them with employees. It was a blast for me! I had been wanting to donate some funds to a local charity, Sulzbacher.org in Jacksonville, Florida, and also give some to the church I sometimes frequent at home, PVPC.com. I also set aside money for another fund raiser I had in mind to raise money for the Jacksonville Humane Society. It’s all been very rewarding. I posted a picture on my social pages at Twitter, FB and Instagram. I do have some fun plans for the rest of the money, which involve going to Ireland for vacation in May. I can’t wait!
My employment as a flight attendant has been fun, but there was a time when it wasn’t “a bed of roses”. We took paycuts and took on sharing more in insurance costs after the attacks in 2001 which amounted to nearly 20%. It was very hard in 2004 and 2005. We all adjusted, took less vacations, shopped less, and worked another job to get through it. Like other corporations in distress, we all had to figure out how to adjust. It’s a common challenge for anyone and we’ve all been through it. I met one first class passenger that said he wasn’t able to retire in his job for a few more years after the crash and another passenger I spent 1 hour of a 4 hour flight talking to him about not even thinking suicide as he was distressed in his job (I didn’t enjoy this, but when you’re cleaning the galley and someone comes up and says “have you ever thought about killing yourself?”, it’s a good idea to listen). I decided to deal with the conversation, which was hard for an hour. I didn’t tell the passenger, but my brother had done this and it was the hardest thing my family went through in the 90’s, so I wanted to do all I could to talk him out of it. I called my supervisor when I landed and asked his opinion, and he said I might have been the only one he asked that day and if I was the last one, I might’ve talked him out of it. (I did also recommend to the passenger to see a doctor later on).
Any celebrating you see this week will be well deserved, hard earned and I hope well received. I laugh everyday, and this week that is on double overdrive.:-) I hope anyone reading this has much to laugh about too:-)