This week has been one I would like to forget. A few days ago my entire department descended into chaos and still hasn’t straightened itself out. The company hired a new Big Guy who has been making changes that a lot of us are not comfortable with. I’m sure most people like to believe they have a certain value within the company they work for, and to find out that value exists only in their heads can be ground shaking. Well, that’s where I’m at. My ground has been shook. Once the dust settles, I hope to find myself in a slightly improved position with my day to day functions, but it has been an experience I do not wish to repeat. The value I believed I had has been shown to be zero, a non-number with a value only as a place holder. I am a body in a spot. A different body can be put in my spot. Eight years of service along with my twenty-three years of experience means nothing.
My dad had the ability to walk away from things without looking back. I’m pretty sure he developed this ability after multiple encounters with disappointment. Self-loathing is a terrible feeling. To hang onto something or someone so fiercely that you compromise your own values simply because change is terrible, leaves you with questions about yourself you might not want to know the answers to. I may not be as skilled as my dad was at saving my soul and walking away, but I certainly understand why it is necessary for me, as a person to cultivate this skill.
A job is a job. Unfortunately I can’t replace this one with one of equal or greater financial value without ripping apart the life I have built. I can only walk away so far. When the dust truly settles I will be on a new shift working with people I barely remember. This not a bad thing, it’s just different from what I’m used to. It’s change.
Have a good week everyone. Make like trees and bend in the storms.