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“Ever One of Those Days”

Description from EPBCornell: Not really feeling the spirit of the season today. Do you know what I mean? Ever get a stretch of these? I can at least try to make the moody pessimism look dramatic & pretty...

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  1. Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom says:

    We’ve all had those days at one time or another, Liz. Your pick may be gray, but it has sparkle! Better days are coming!

  2. EPBCornell
    EPBCornell says:

    I hope so, but it looks like it could be a while before it improves. My position at work has become so demoralizing and hopeless, frustrating and infuriating I’ve given up and called out today. I’m letting those who are supposed to be more qualified than I do their own work and clean up their own mistakes. It’s what they get paid better than I to do, right? If they forget or ignore my training after repeated instruction I am not going to be responsible for it today. Better luck tomorrow and hopefully they’re taking Friday off and I can work on my own then without their incompetence. I wish I could find something to appreciate about the rest of my team now, but I’ve given up. Only 21+ years to retirement, if I live that long at this rate. And if the rules haven’t changed by the time I get there.
    The worst thing is, I know I’m being awful getting bent out of shape about it and not just pleasantly, patiently going over the concepts and procedures one more time as many times as it takes for them to pay enough attention to get the details right, even though this was all stuff I figured out myself without anyone to train me. I know I should be thankful that I have this job that I am good at and be gracious toward those who are not as good at it and ignore they earn more and have a shorter work day– it’s not their fault. I should resign myself to “It is what it is,” and get over it and just try to appreciate what I can each day. That is what I am not good at doing. No, I protest and complain and make miserable. And hate myself for it, for not being a better person about it.
    So that is how I really feel. Sorry about that if you actually read it all! I’m going to distract myself with more Fresh Picks now.

  3. EPBCornell
    EPBCornell says:

    Very sorry about all that. I’m a shameless oversharer and obviously quite self-centered. I really ought to have it tattooed on my forehead as a warning to everyone.

  4. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Wow EPB – I know exactly what you mean. Office politics can be very ugly. Supervisors sitting in their offices reading magazines as the work piles up. Well – I could go on and on. Please don’t beat yourself up about it.
    I agree with Pam – there’s sparkle and better days are coming.

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Aw Liz, there’s nothing wrong with sharing with those you can trust. Venting a little steam in a safe environment may be exactly what is needed to reduce the pressure.
    I’m praying for you….

  6. Kathryn R
    Kathryn R says:

    Liz, glad you DID share. I hope I speak for the rest of us Fresh Pickers in these nightmarish times. You need to self-affirm, not self-criticize. Standing up for yourself is important. I feel for you really. You are not alone in this kind of work environment situation. Many bright hard working people like you are wrongly passed over. Good for you to take the day off. Losing yourself in beading or just playing with your beads helps. Stay well, Liz and don’t give up.

  7. Kathryn R
    Kathryn R says:

    Sorry, forgot to say that your pick has a somber beauty that aids introspection.

  8. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    Liz, I fell in love with your pick from the first moment I spotted it. I even titled “Gray Days of Winter”. Although many days lately have been gray. This pandemic is becoming tougher to deal with. Self isolation since March 25th with only a furbaby for conversation. She doesn’t say much other than out. I did go to the first store other than the grocery store to buy a new computer. I also understand your work problem. Had a similar situation years ago.

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    Melody F says:

    This pick is dark and moody, like I have been feeling of an on lately. There is a time for that.

  10. EPBCornell
    EPBCornell says:

    Thanks for the support, LB friends! It’s helpful to know I’m not alone, and many of you have gotten through the same sort of story with a work structure that is not merit based, or have had your merit overlooked in a FUMU-type environment. And to remember so many of us may be feeling used-&-abused today for many other reasons, and it’s ok not to feel ok about it. It helps me to feel love for all the rest of us again, and with that hope that we will all get through this difficult, messy life together. Life was never intended to be easy, after all. Prepare to work hard, but take satisfaction in the achievements, however small & even though you may be the only one who sees it. But you can share & celebrate those little victories with your supportive friends & loved ones if you need a little more validation like I do.
    Maybe I’ll post a pick to be a bulletin for us to share these unseen successes to celebrate with each other for whoever needs a boost from it.

  11. Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom says:

    Be kind to yourself, love yourself … I remember working so hard, only to see a woman from another branch planning her wedding in her office across from me … UGH!!! When the staff went from 6 to 2 (one was me), and the work still got done, I finally had to survive by asking myself, “What does it come down to?” My mantra became, “Be pleasant and do your work.” That’s all I really had to do each day to get through it, and it really helped me focus and gradually stop the inner criticism of myself and others at work. Prayers for you!!!

  12. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Liz, Here’s a >HUG< for you too. I would have so much to say on this subject–but I won't–I'd absorb way too much space. Please know that you can share anything, anytime you want, and you will find support here. For me, knowing that others can on some level relate helps ease the 'pain' & frustration these types of situations can bring. And although every situation is unique, it is important to know that you can share the experience and not be judged by how you feel about it. Please don't be too hard on yourself.

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