Things I’ve Learned While Back in the Workforce

April 20, 2013


It’s been a long time since I had an “outside of the home” job. I was a stay-at-home and work-at-home mom for over 20 years. I’d forgotten how nice it is to just COME HOME and not have the piles of work all over my desk. But I’ve also forgotten the most difficult part of working outside of the home: people. Oh yeah, dealing with people, that’s the rub. Well, here are some new things I’m learning (and remembering) now that I am much older and back into the fray.

1. People lie. Through their teeth. Frequently. Shamelessly. And according to the laws of human nature, people become VERY VERY upset when they are lied TO, but they have no qualms lying to others. What a crappy way to live. And the epitome of self-deception is that liars don’t think anyone knows they are lying when it’s actually all too obvious!

2. Scientific studies have proved that an “attitude of giving” makes you feel good. Moreover, God even said so (“give, and you shall receive…”)! Having a happy, selfless attitude really does make you feel good, but people still seem bent on misery. They are greedy, selfish (mefirstmefirst), scheming, and very, very unhappy. Um, HELLO. Everyone grumbles about the present state of our country, of society, of “kids these days.” But doesn’t anyone realize that misery is not inevitable? It’s up to us, one person at a time, to do what God Himself said to do. And we will be blessed!

3. I’m kinda envious of the older generation who have or will soon “retire.” They go globe-hopping across the world or have second or third homes. We younger folks get a little steamed because we know that, for us, there will be no “retirement.” A mere two generations in our country really got to prosper enough to be able to “retire” when they are old. For Generation X and on, there’s nothing — we have lived our lives scrambling from this low-paying job to another, and we all know Social Security is a joke. Inflation is gobbling up any savings of the current, older generation. There’s a huge deficit in the Social Security budget, and we all know why this is. It’s because more than 65 million children of Generation X — MY peers, MY friends, people I would have known and who might have changed our present circumstances — have been removed from our populace through abortion. THAT’s why Social Security is a mess. You can’t simply eradicate millions of people and expect no consequences. What a stupid, selfish country. Truly. I’m not being negative, either. It’s just the truth.

4. Some people get great, malicious satisfaction from making you “serve” them. That really rubs me the wrong way because I don’t like to be used as tool for other people’s sadistic intentions. But I can’t do anything about it. I am a slave to the job, a mere cog in the system. Although, sometime I do let a sarcastic comment slip out. But I say it with a winning smile, so it’s OK. :grinny:

5. I’ve learned that when I am friendly, upbeat, and happy, most people respond positively. And most people just LOVE my dumb jokes! Well, some people.

6. People love flowers. It’s like they open up and bloom when they see the pretty colors. šŸ™‚ I’ve made a few new friends because we share a love for flowers.

I hope this is enough lesson learning for me. It’s a lot to swallow after returning to work for only 2 months. I can see why so many workers become cranky and calloused, but I am determined not to let that happen to me. I am MY OWN PERSON and I won’t be ruled by miserable people. I will focus on the joys. And I’ll keep bringing in the flowers and making new friends.

6 Responses to “Things I’ve Learned While Back in the Workforce”

  1. Secondary Rds Says:

    Lesson #5 is the one I apply, or try to apply, to each day of my life. And you are right, most people respond positively.

    • Rebecca Says:

      Chuck, I’ve even had people bring me MORE flowers, or just stop by to show me their pet dog and stuff! It’s amazing how wonderful life can be when we determine to love others and treats others as we would want to be treated. šŸ™‚

  2. Karen, author of "My Funny Dad, Harry" Says:

    People like candy too! I used to just put out some thin mints (individually wrapped) on my desk but now put out a mixed assortment of individually wrapped bulk candy.

    • Rebecca Says:

      Karen – thanks for the tip! I had actually set out a dish of candies for a few days, and people gobbled it up! šŸ™‚ I have yet to get more. Thanks for the comment!

  3. Lin Says:

    Do I understand you correctly…that you think social security is a mess because of abortion? If so….I really think there are a few more things involved in its demise.

    I’ve learned that young people coming into the work force have an extreme sense of self-importance and self-righteousness. They don’t want to do the grunt work that we “stupid” older people do in our jobs. This includes replacing the toilet paper roll in the ladies room or making a pot of coffee when they use the last of it. It’s crazy. They think we are there to be their mothers!

  4. Rena Says:


    Working as a pharmacy tech, I not only get grumpy people to wait on but SICK grumpy people lol. Oh they blame me for everything, for their insurance not working, their spouse forgetting to give them the insurance card, the copays, the time spent waiting in line….. That is why I cut down my hours, I have been doing per diem for about 3 yrs now. Of course there are some good customers who make me smile and make my day!