Yes, I said it. You must absolutely be out of your mind. Someone needed to say it and I guess today that someone is me. I know I run the risk of damaging our relationship but honesty really is the best policy. And honestly, you must be crazy!
Every day when I turn on the news I see and hear the sad report of thousands upon thousands of people out of work with few prospects of getting a job in the near future. Highly educated and highly skilled individuals with a matching work ethic are searching from high to low to find anything that would help to put bread on their tables. This sad tale is repeated in every city across the land. Things are tough and only seem to be getting tougher.
In the midst of these frightening economic times you have confirmed to me that you are crazy. Why you say? I say that because instead of gratitude for the job you are blessed to have, I hear you complaining. Instead of appreciating the fact that you have something to contribute I hear you bemoaning the favor your are experiencing. Although not the ideal job, you only express resentment that you have to spend so many hours earning a paycheck that you would financially drown without.
I will be the first to agree that many of us are capable and willing to engage in work that is more in line with our training and our dreams. Many of us find ourselves working in areas where our past accomplishments matter little. That’s not the end of the world. Sometimes in life you have to take a step backward in order to move forward. Just thank God you are still making steps.
When I hear you complaining and whining about work, yet doing nothing to change your circumstances, I know you must be crazy. We all know life can be hard but please don’t darken the skies around me with your gloom and doom. I have to break it to you; no one likes a complainer. No one has ever advanced in life by being a complainer. Never have and never will.
It was only a short time ago that you were praying to God for a breakthrough. Things were looking bleak and you were almost at the end of your rope. You prayed for anything to help put food on the table; anything. And now when I hear you fail to give God praise for the very thing you asked for and received, I know you must be crazy.
The good thing about your illness is that there is a cure. It’s really quite easy. Today when you get home from your job I want you to get a pad and pencil. Turn on the evening news and when you hear about tragedy after tragedy, including unemployment, I want you to do the following. Write down everything you see bad on the news and put beside each entry: That could be me.
By the end of the newscast the cure should be taking effect. You will feel a return to sanity and it will be evident by a spirit of thankfulness. That’s it. Just realizing how blessed you really are and how bad things could be should do the trick.
If however at that end of the newscast you still feel the need to complain about your job my diagnosis appears to be accurate. Please seek immediate help because you must be crazy!