…be thankful for it.
I know. It’s a weird way to start off a post, especially when I haven’t written a thing for a week. Really, I should be asking you how your Christmas was, and telling you how much I missed you. We should really be talking about what everyone’s doing for New Year’s, and dreaming together about how we will fill the blank page of 2014.
But not today. Today I feel like I need to discuss something else.
Our office was open both Thursday and Friday this week, and we weren’t alone. Most businesses in our building were open, and downtown was bustling like a normal business week. I understand that people weren’t that excited to be at work the day after Christmas. Truly, I get that. But I noticed something that was over the top, even under these circumstances: people complaining about their jobs everywhere I went. And not just grumbling because they had to be there on December 26th.
They were grumbling because they couldn’t BELIEVE they were being saddled with this project, or that.
Don’t they KNOW what all I have to do? Why can’t so-and-so do it? She is worthless. She never does ANYTHING. I do EVERYTHING. Seriously, what are they even THINKING?
Now, I understand that there is a lot of unrest in the job market. After all, I talk to people every single day who are actively seeking new jobs. I know that some people have legitimate complaints.
But not everybody.
Sometimes I think we just like to complain. We have a bad day, or feel overwhelmed, and we start talking, inviting someone else to belly up to our pity bar and have a cold one. To consider that, hey, maybe their lives aren’t that great either. And maybe their employer, if different from our own, is dumping on them, too. Pretty soon, it spreads and a negativity-fest is rocking in epic proportion and “The Man” is out to get us all.
The thing is, complaining systematically wipes out gratitude.
But you know what? The opposite is also true.
Instead of “shoving it,” what if we looked at our jobs, even on our worst days, through a lens of gratefulness? The unemployment rate is staggering, after all; shouldn’t we be thankful we are not one of its statistics? What we do may not be our dream job, but we can perform the job well, without poisoning the atmosphere with negativity, while we look for the one that makes our heart sing.
Maybe if we were the ones to start clearing the air, the world would start singing a new song. I think that’s how I’ll try to fill that blank page of the new year.
How about you?
Oh, and P.S…I really did miss you! I’m so happy to be back. 🙂
“Do all things without grumbling or questioning…” Philippians 2:14 ESV
“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” Ephesians 4:29 ESV
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 ESV
Wow that post is awesome and you are so right about people complaining about there jobs and the negativity and the pity parties , wow love this , and I will be remembering this , I am so thankful for my job , and thankful I have one
We just recently got 2 new female managers , and oh my the toxic and the negativity that they bring the whole environment is poison by them the moral is down when they are there
You can feel it ,, so thankful that I do not have to lower myself to there level and I have a Savior that helps me rise above .
Thank you for posting this
This is so personal on so many levels for me … So I will simply say ..welcome back…I missed you …I love you!
Welcome back!!! I didn’t realize how forward I look to reading your post every morning….Great post! The Bible states that whether you are master(employer) or slave(employee), you should both be working as if you are working for Jesus. That keeps you equal, happy and grateful. 🙂
Thanks for all your wonderful posts. It has been awhile since I have read them and even been on Facebook. I hope you had a wonderful trip! Glad you made it home safely. It is true that I was not happy about going to work a 1/2 day on Christmas and 2 days after Christmas. I felt like it took away from my Christmas. I will say that I am grateful that I have my job. It is not the most ideal one but I am grateful. There are so many out there with out one and I have been in there situation. Better to have one than none at all. The scriptures you referred to are once again perfect for your comments. Again another think to reflect on and put in my journal to remind me. You are an inspiration to me and I am so thankful you are my family. May God bless us all. Jesus is the season for being thankful and giving. I do however look to next year as year for more Christ in my life and hope that I heal so work is not so hard on me. Love and Kisses, Casey
This convicted me to just say ‘thank you, Lord’. I’m so blessed to get yo do what I love!!