Monday, May 7, 2012

A Lesson in Humility

Happy Monday! Hope your weekend went well. I was catching up with a blog last week and the post made me think. Specifically, it was his response to a question. He said:

"...For people who have been working for years, it is easy to fall into the habit of complaining about their jobs, even when the money they receive in relation to the amount of work they actually do equates to a ludicrous overpayment. So many people would kill to have their job or their opportunities, and I will do my best to never complain about my job because it could be much worse." ~Youngman Brown~

It immediately struck a nerve with me. I've been in my current position since August (also the same time I started blogging). At first, I loved it. I think I was just so impressed and excited to finally be working for a real follow-the-rules company with a fair salary and benefits. Within 6 months I was bored. I still am, for the most part but reading his response made me realize a few things.

I may be working a job that bores me for a company I love but the fact of the matter is I'm working. And that's not something I can, or should, take for granted. Not only that but this job prompted me to start blogging. Something I had only played around with and quickly gave up on before.

It's true that my current job responsibilities are a demotion from what I was doing previously. I like to think that I'm making up for it with tax withholding, 401(k) contributions and health insurance. Yes, my job bores me. There's no denying that. It's not so much a complaint as a fact. 2-3 years experience is not required for this position.

And yet I have to appreciate it. To love it. This job was what I wanted. It was the greener grass. It was the 7 year dream. I've always wanted to be in Manhattan and now I am. I work in my field. It's a stepping stone to a better position.

I can not complain.

Besides, how many law firms can you work for where this is an acceptable thing to do on a Friday afternoon?

Office of one of my attorneys...

She's in Chicago...



  1. Ha! That's awesome. But yeah, I mean I don't think we should take work for granted, but it's also okay to complain once in awhile. I mean, it could be worse of course. It could also be better. Complaining is human. 

  2. justkeepinitrealfolksMay 7, 2012 at 8:15 AM

    DANG, when I practiced law I never had that much fun on a Friday. That's probably why I "retired" to be a full time Mom.

  3. I just hit the 15 year mark on Saturday with my company. Yes 15 YEARS...I am officially old! But I took it with an attitude of thankfulness because for all of the complaining I have done over the years, it has provided a ton of opportunities and friendships that I would never have had others.'s to the next 15!! 

  4. AccordingtoJewelsMay 7, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Well somebody there has a lot of time and patience. lol. She'll be thrilled to see that when she gets back I'm sure. 

    I try not to complain since I am thankful to have one. For the most part I LOVE my job but there are days...oh there are days. I've never for a second taken for granted that people allow me into their home and trust me with their kids. Yup...very thankful indeed. 

  5. People really do do the post it note prank? That's awesome. I can now say I know someone who did it. My life is now 20% cooler. I think though that you always have the right to complain about anything you want, and no one can tell you not to. It's true I'm unemployed, and when I hear people complain about their jobs I want to (or do actually) say "Hey at least you have one" but I'm not going to tell you you can't complain. 

  6. OMG that's impressive!!  I should have a little more humility and be grateful that I have a job, but I hate it so fucking much that I can't even pretend.

  7. Don't get me wrong, I still plan to bitch about my job. I'll just be more grateful as I do it.

  8. She thought it was funny and said she's leaving them there.

  9. 15 years is quite the time frame! That's great that you're so happy with your company and *want* to stay!

  10. I don't intend to stop complainging. I mean, that's just weird.

  11. Good :) Bitch away. I don't care if you do. I can bitch about unemployment :P I'm still thankful for all my free time. 

  12. AbeerfortheshowerMay 8, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    It's true, you can't take your job for granted. The people I used to work with were like family. We'd go to get beers together after work, attend each other's family gatherings, etc. At times I definitely miss that.

  13. Dunno how I missed this, but thanks. I've always wanted to be quoted!