happiness…idolizing…demonizing…

So author Mark Driscoll has a saying… Those which we idoloze, we will also demonize. His context refers more towards Christianity, and although I find that true too, I was thinking in terms of our professional lives. You see, I have read quite a few angry blogs, Facebook rants, or Tweets… Many times people work their entire lives for the company to be let go or not selected for something they were “deserving of.”  Many times, the reasons were nothing person but the hard truth of business. In order for there to be a promotion or a vacancy something had to happen. The business model is not the same today as it was yesterday, thus needs change which may also change other things in structure. There is an ever present dynamic that is churning for the greater good and that does not always align with our feelings. That word… Feelings… Terrible word, and I am just as guilty to some extent. I imagine we all have been at one point.

I am not talking to you, the dedicated employee. I am not even pointing to the “company man” but more towards the workaholic.  There is no religion that I am aware of where we take our earthly possessions with us. I am sure someone can shoot me a note on the latest… But none come to mind. So why do we idolize our employers and are the first to tear them down at a moments notice. I cannot argue that unjust things happen or that every scenario is fair, in our minds, but why do we continue to expect acts of heroism to be treated with more that a contribution to the bottom line? Yes, I imagine times are hard and moments of uncertainty are uncomfortable. I just struggle with how ones entire self worth and being can be demolished with a momentary rejection which was not ever the sole intent or purpose of life. I would love feedback, honest and real feedback…

I work everyday to be the best at what I do. When I head home, I put on another hat, a personal one, and try to be the best dad that I can. Consider taking a step back and pondering. Yes, work hard. Yes, perform at your best, in all that you do. Just take a step back, breathe and realize which platforms you are elevating and why. Hard work does pay off, even if it is showing someone else what that looks like… No more or no less.

Lastly, before anyone starts pointing to me… Let me leave you with the definition. The key word is compulsive. It, in my mind, refers to out of control, or disregard to normal functions where it becomes unhealthy.

work·a·hol·ic
ˌwərkəˈhôlik,ˌwərkəˈhälik/
noun

informal
  1. a person who compulsively works hard and long hours.
    com·pul·sive
    kəmˈpəlsiv/
    adjective
    1. 1.
      resulting from or relating to an irresistible urge, especially one that is against one’s conscious wishes.
      compulsive eating

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