I was successful at my job . I worked very hard , but it ___21___ me and my family a fabulous (极好的) lifestyle . I’d worked for the same company for twenty years and had worked my way up to department director. ___22___, one afternoon last May, I was called to the office, and it was __23__ explained to me that they were letting me go. I just sat there __24__ they talked on and all I could think was, “I’ve ___25___ .” I’d been so well respected ; ___26___ I was of no value.
For six weeks, I was in a very __27__ place. I wandered around my house like a zombie (僵尸).I could __28__ things needed doing, but would not do anything . My beliefs in looking forward and seeing the positive(积极的) in everything ___29___ me .
Then, in late June, my youngest son’s football team made the city cup final . The year before, he’d been very sad when I __30___ the same final , so he was ___31___ when I told him I’d go . Not only did they win , but the look on his face as he saw me ___32___ him on was unbelievable . From then in , I spent the summer enjoying my sons and their passions (激情) . I attended match after match and performances of my elder son’s band —I ___33___ went to another city to watch him play . These moments were so ___34___ . My life had been so much devoted to __35__ for so long , and I felt __36__ that my sons were happy to welcome me into their world.
___37___ , being unemployed gave me back a sense of purpose — I was someone’s mum! I felt a sense of being ___38____ again. Now I feel more positive about my professional ___39___ and I’m getting on better with my family than I ever have. Losing my job made me realize just how __40__ it is to achieve real balance in life.