The workplace blues

The Greeks said grandly in their tragic phrase, ‘Let no one be called happy till his death;’ to which I would add, ‘Let no one, till his death, be called unhappy.’

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

I constantly think about how much of our waking hours we spend at work.  8 hours plus a day 40 days or more a week.  We are surrounded by like-minded individuals (for why else would they work there?) and they are in fact or work-family at least for that time period.

I’ve been employed since I was 17 years old, (I don’t count being the friendly neighborhood babysitting years starting at around 12).  Everywhere I’ve been worked I’ve heard the same litany of complaints.
Now I realize not everyone works at their dream job, and we all have crosses to bear when it comes to work attitudes—and oh yes….having to spend 8 hours a day with coworkers.
Well, with that being said, we all should be eternally grateful that we have a job. There are thousands of Americans out of work or underemployed. There are many families which are struggling to make ends meet and even those that are homeless.
So, try coming to work with at least one thing each day to be grateful for.  Also, and it’s free….try developing a positive attitude within yourself. It goes a long way.
I am certainly not in the mood for complaints on a Monday morning, which are always the most difficult for me to get through. Whatever is bugging you talk to someone but trust me….complaining gets you nowhere fast.
Remember, we can’t change our coworker’s behavior. What we can do is change how we behave ourselves.  We can let our job (if we hate it) or your coworkers (if they are chronic complainers) eat at your soul but again, in the end it’s up to you how you handle these usual life obstacles.
Simply put…a negative attitude will make matters worse.
And that’s just common sense.

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