Another set of leaving drinks in the seemingly never ending dismantling of investment banking has left me sad at the departure of some wonderful colleagues and nostalgic for the good old days when people got promoted rather than let go and we had a free drinks trolley on friday afternoon!
I don't expect any sympathy and from the outside I can see why it's hard to feel any. But anyone who's worked in the city through the last five years can't help but feel weighed down by the collective stress of the city losing 100,000 jobs.
But it's not all doom and gloom. I've been cheered by my departing colleagues positive attitudes. Some have already lined up new jobs, some are taking the chance to try out their dream careers, others are taking a much needed and earned holiday.
Losing your job at some point in your career may be par for the course for city folk but it is still a very disruptive event.
Seeing any kind of change as an opportunity is one of the best ways of dealing with the associated stress and is also more likely to bring you success and happiness in life. You never know, it may be the jolt you needed to change your life the better.