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{October 4, 2012}   PS: Irony is Bittersweet

I’m not unaware of the irony of publishing my last post (Drudgery – Perks = Low Morale) following a post about receiving The Sunshine Award, but I felt compelled to write it. (Besides, clouds help us to appreciate the sunshine!) Recent conversations with coworkers, news of more layoffs (they are still happening — not all of them make the news these days), and conversations with friends concerning the job prospects of their graduating children, all led me down memory lane.

I’ve held many different jobs in my life; there were good times and bad times at each one. When the bad outweighs the good, that’s when we are motivated to move on, if we can. These days that is a lot more difficult than in times past; sometimes the bad just has to be tolerated with the bravest smile one can muster. One thing I noticed though as I walked down that lane was that the good memories I held onto are about the people I worked with and about the “perks” I experienced during that phase of my career: free movies for me, my family and friends when I worked at the movie theater; amazing book sale events when I worked at the publishing company; socializing with coworkers after work, when competition was not the name of the game and we didn’t have to make the long trek home to the suburbs. AHHH…the good ol’ days.

I’m grateful for those memories. I feel sorry for younger people who will not get to experience those things or have those memories to look back on when they reach my age. It was a snapshot in time, like a Polaroid; something outgrown and discarded by our changing culture.

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peters154 says:

No need to worry about it too much, sometimes a post that you think might have a negative tone can be helpful for someone. For me, being unemployed for three years now (AKA “stay at home dad”), seeing a different perspective on work can be helpful.

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sued51 says:

Thanks for the comment Peter…the support is welcome. Sometimes pushing that publish button can make one crazy! 🙂

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rommel says:

Times are a-changing, indeed. With the economic crisis, it’s all about competition now. Good intentions are less pure. In-your-face corporate moves from colleagues are more visible. Politics, politics, politics ….

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sued51 says:

That is SO true, Rommel! We used to be all in it together…

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