I’m sitting in a room, listening to a motivational speaker talking about resilience mindsets. She asks us to close our eyes, and envision our perfect day.
I put aside my math homework (because let’s be honest, I wasn’t paying attention for the first hour and a half) and close my eyes.
My perfect day…I’ve had so many recently, this is easy.
I’m with Lover, and all three kids. We wake up on a weekend, have breakfast. We take our time getting ready. We go to the St. Patrick’s day parade, then to the store for dinner food. We eat a nice meal together. It’s nice out, we take the kids to the park and run and play. We come home, we bathe the kids who are covered in mud, make popcorn and watch the Princess Bride as a family. So much love and happiness surround us.
This is it…life. It’s so good.
Lately, my job has been awful. I’m not going to go into details, but I’m crying at my desk or ready to punch something or walk out half the time. Its not good.
Yesterday a couple things happened. Someone I know took a job in the same company I work for, and was asking me questions about insurance plans and benefits. She is so excited- the benefits are really great. She kept saying how much better they are here than what she’s used to.
She’s absolutely right. The benefits are really good, and better than I’d get outside my company.
The other thing that happened, was a coworker from another department came up to talk to me and my boss about issues with her department that will affect us in our department. There’s a supervisor that overspent her budget, is extremely hostile to her assistant, and is setting the assistant up to take the fall for her spending. And I’m thinking to myself, it could be so much worse-I could be working in that environment.
So, today has a theme- job positivity!
- I have great coworkers. Really. I complain sometimes about so-and-so not doing this or that, but we do care about each other and I truly like them as wonderful humans and maybe even friends.
- Great benefits. I have good insurance and retirement. A few people I know don’t have that and I’m grateful for it.
- I make enough money. A liveable wage. I’m living close to the edge, but not so close I cant go out to dinner every so often.
- I live close enough to my work, and daycare is on the way that I don’t have a huge commute. It’s well located as far as my kids go.
- My workplace is very encouraging of higher education, and has paid for me to take classes that aren’t job related. This is an amazing benefit.
I may have a really hard time of it sometimes, but remembering the really good stuff makes it easier to get through it.