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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

One day, someone showed me a glass of water that was half full. And he said, 'Is it half full or half empty?' So I drank the water. No more problem." Alexander Jodorowsky.

Today at work we had a company meeting. It was not pretty. There was talk of big changes and stepping up or stepping out. The old timers were mentioned people who have been here 25 years or more, may not like changes.

Are you talking to me? with a hip hop accent. Are YOU TALKING TO ME with an Italian accent. excuse me maybe you could quite possibly be talking to me in a little child's whispering voice. I am in such trouble or am I.

The past couple of years I have been working really hard at being a realist optimist. I see the good and potential in all but I don't wear rose colored glasses, I know there are bad apples. In fact we talked about them in the meeting. I am not one or at least i hope not.

I have worked at this company for 34 years and have an outstanding record, I am willing to work hand in hand with other departments etc. I am willing to work hard and do what needs to be done. I hope management can weed out the bad apples ,and not mistake me for one since I have a pacemaker and cost them a ton in medical coverage.

I am not good with change sprung suddenly but I try my hardest to get with the program as quick as possible. I think the road will be rocky but I can take a few lumps and bumps. Our department meeting is tomorrow and it is 45 minutes of telling us our new changes and how to do our job different and what is expected of us so we can stay and work and grow with the company. I am a company girl and will go down with the ship if need be,but I am a realist optimist so I will start looking at other options if this happens.

Today after work I took a 45 minute walk with my dog Mischa in the snow,sleet rain. I was wet, cold, tired but I was renewed and had hope for the future when I was done.

Then a friend of mine put a tape on you tube , he is a mime and he also teaches laughter yoga , and tai chi. The exercise tape was 15 minutes long and it was called Laugh along with Robert Rivest. I didn't feel much like laughing in the beginning but by the end he had me going and I felt relaxed and renewed.

I guess what I am trying to say or my message is try to be more of an optimist about life but make sure your a realist optimist also.
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    Good way to release the tension today. Not good to bottle that up - especially for your heart. If change does come , do not fear it. Sometimes change is for the better . A door always opens when one closes. Will pray for you My Dear Friend- It will all be OK - Hugs K
    1910 days ago
    HUgs and hope things stay good for you and yours. 34 years wow. I haven't stayed at a job longer than maybe 3 but then we have moved a lot. I have moved 23 times in my 55 years. lol dad and hubby both exmilitary.

    1910 days ago
    Oh, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that your company changes won't negatively affect you in any way! It sounds like you have been an awesome employee for 34 years. They definitely need to keep that in mind and recognize your hard work! You have such a great attitude towards life. I really admire that about you. You are truly inspirational, and help me to realize that things just might not be so bad after all. Realistic optimism just makes so much sense. Now if only I could change my attitude to reflect that, lol!

    1910 days ago
    Oh, I so get how upsetting change can be especially when you've been with a company for a long time and especially when the changes come from someone new who may not know the contributions you've made over the years.

    I had a perfect job that I was passionate about and one I intended on keeping until I retired. But then department leadership changed and they had other ideas about how I would be utilized and basically it was "you've done a fantastic job with the programs you've implemented and you have saved lives, but we're not going to be doing that anymore. The job I have for you now is....." So step up or step out.

    At the time I was two years from retirement and I so wanted to say "I'm out of here now." But I didn't. I looked for other jobs within the institution and did not find any I wanted to take on. I looked at retiring early and although I could have, thought it would be wiser to stay. So I "stepped up" and stayed in my department.

    I worked with new colleagues and learned some new things. Was it easy? Absolutely not, but like you, I kept positive feelings and soldiered on. That was nearly four years ago and looking back, I'm so grateful I stayed and adapted to the new programs. Making the choices I did were exactly right for my retirement.

    I'll be thinking about you as your company makes its changes and praying you will be given the wisdom you need.
    1911 days ago
    I hope everything turns out right for you.
    1911 days ago
    Do you think it would be proactive and productive to go to HR before they make the
    cuts to outline your service and
    contributions? Yikes! Hope this doesn't
    adversely impact you.
    1911 days ago
  • MCGS62
    You're a company girl ! small company ?

    I am some what of a company guy in a small--microscopic company.

    no wonder your perspectives seem familiar

    The reason we older folks LOL are resistant to change is called wisdom.
    I would rather deal with the known issues and make small changes than start telling seasoned employees how to do their job .

    Keep a positive outlook.

    1911 days ago
  • BEFIT018
    I am a pessimist by nature. I always think the worst -- I am sometimes pleasantly surprised but never disappointed emoticon .

    I'm glad you have an optimistic reality view. That will be key in the next few months when the changes are taking place. Not everyone can/will adapt esily.

    I wish you the best!
    1912 days ago
    Changes can be hard, but I know you will survive and thrive! Hang in there with work. I am sure that they value you as an employee and consider you an asset to the company with all of your experience there. And what is this laughter yoga you speak of? Never heard of it, but it sounds like my cup of tea! emoticon
    1912 days ago
    Lovely post. It is really important to be both POSITIVE and REALISTIC - It sounds like you are prepared and willing to change as needed. Will pray for tomorrow's meeting that it goes well and the changes are not as MAJOR as they might be.
    1912 days ago
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