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.
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. 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.