Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Are You A "CHUMP" for Working?

Do you like your job?
Maybe you are un-employed,
and the idea of having a job is WONDERFUL!
 
What if you don’t like your job?
Perhaps the pay is low,
the prospect for advancement dismal,
the boss is overbearing & controlling,
and your co-workers/customers are insanely mean.

How would you describe the situation if all these existed?
A nightmare? Or another day at the ‘office’??
 
Here is the challenge we all face when our employment has frustrations:
  1. Find something good to focus on.
  2. Learn something new to improve your job, or the quality of work-life around you.
  3. Do one of these two each day.

You may ask, but why should I bother? I hate the position, detest the environment, and the people are all rude! Because if you do not change something... then Nothing improves. I have had some dirty, painful, dangerous, and smelly jobs, but when I earn a paycheck, I always feel better about afterwards.


When I worked in a veterinary hospital as a teenager, cleaning up after dogs & cats in the kennels each day, it was dirty & nasty, and I was bitten on more than one occasion. However, I didn’t complain. I began to enjoy caring for the animals, and I asked to learn new skills along the way. Soon I was promoted, and I earned a larger paycheck. When a friend of mine came to work at the same place, he quit within a week. Instead, he sat at home all summer, and with no income, he had little to do. Did he complain about life? You bet! But he wasn’t willing to do what was necessary to make it better.


When I was in prison, many of the inmates made jokes about all the “suckers” who were willing to work for $1 a day. They sat in their cells doing nothing, but happy to complain about the unfairness of the ‘system’. I learned quickly that the cell was great for reading, studying, and self-reflection, but I also knew I wanted to do more than just exist.
 
Soon, I heard about the ‘jobs’ available to inmates: cook, baker, laundry, custodian, barber, librarian, grounds maintenance, tutor, etc. The one thing I heard most routinely was this, “if I could get out of this cell for even one hour a day to work the grounds, I think I could do my time without going insane.” I watched as this idea spread through many a convict, and the shared enthusiasm helped to foster new ideas of life  on the outside once released.
 
To finish this post, I am including the writing of someone else, copied for your enjoyment and titled: Stop Whining, Start Doing
When things are going poorly, it is easy to fall into a cycle of “whining” instead of “doing.”
This means that we have substituted an “h” for one of the “n”s in “winning” – we move from “winNing” to “wHining.”
Have you ever noticed that whiners rarely win?  Think about it.  Name ONE whiner who is a consistent winner.
We all have times where we descend into “whining.”  That is when we have to make the CHOICE to STOP WHINING and START DOING.
Don’t know if this is helpful to anyone, but it was helpful to me! - Joseph Sangl
 
Getting ‘off-site’ to work the grounds of state forest land was dirty, hard work. The ride by van to the various sites were always eventful, allowing me to see deer, streams, frogs, etc., that were unable to view behind the prison walls. Sometimes this is all it took to make my days brighter.
 
Can you find one bright-spot in your day?

Or make anyone else’s job easier, so you can both enjoy work more?

Here’s the trick... try.

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