Archives for the month of: November, 2012

“Every man dies, not every man truly lives” – braveheart

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I tend to get down about my job sometimes just like everyone else. Even though its my dream job, and it’s what I always wanted to do – its still a job. There are aspects that of it that drive me crazy.

For those readers in the United States or those familiar with the United States know that today we celebrate Thanksgiving. Now without getting into the history behind the day, just know that this day, as many other holidays, has come to include gathering with family and friends, relaxing and having the day off work, and watching some American football.

My job is one of those that never closes. It’s 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Of course we work in shifts so select people get lucky and have the holidays off. But even on holidays, someone has to be here. Do you see the connection yet? Yep I’m working on a holiday…

I wish I was at home enjoying a beer or some wine. But I’m here instead. I could gripe and be mad all day and talk about poor me… Or I can change my perspective.

First, I’m getting compensated to be here. Many people would love to have my job, some would love to have any job.

Second, everyone I have dealt with today is having a much worse day than mine. You could say I work in a service industry.

Third, I’m sitting here near our local children’s hospital wondering how those families feel. They’d give anything to “work a holiday” if that meant exchanging the problems they are dealing with.

We can always find reasons to complain about our situation. But often if we step back and take things into perspective, we will realize that many people out there have it much worse than us. It should make us grateful for the problems we have… Yes re-read that – be thankful for your problems.

If that’s hard for you to do, take a walk through a local hospital. Drive through the “bad” part of town. Hell, sink into your couch and watch the news – all of those settings could be yours to deal with.

When I look at the problems of others, I think I’ll hold on to my own…

“Fail fast and move on.. Everything, failure or success, is a lesson. But each requires action to begin.”