I remember an old conversation as if it was yesterday. I was catching up with a friend who I greatly respected and admired. We were talking about our views of a role we had both played at different times in our lives. Currently he still worked in the space.
“I trust things are going well.”
“I hate my job. I know more ways to fire a person than you know how to hire.”
“Really? I hope it is not as bad as it sounds.”
“It is. Worse than you can imagine. The first time it was hard. After doing it for five plus years, I have come to hate myself for doing a job I also hate.”
Shortly after our conversation he quit and moved to a company with distinctly different values. While it was not a global organization, I would like to believe that he found peace in focusing on what helped sustain individuals and their work contributions. Looking back, I find myself holding principles that continue to heal the scars left from being good at what I did.
Be careful of what you wish for as well as what you demand. There are often unintended consequences. As frustrated as one can get, as much pressure there can be on expenses, thinking carefully before wishing that someone, anyone would “give him a short life, and give his job to somebody else.” (Psalm 109.8)
Look for alternatives. As obvious as the solution might be, when it comes to taking a decision, if there is only one choice or two, look for the third! One alternative is not a choice. Two alternatives are a conundrum. Three or more represents a choice.
There are situations where every choice is ugly. When these occur, my best advice is to bring others into the process. Compassion is best expressed individually by a community committed to making this world a better place. Working together, I believe we can find possibilities and opportunities for every individual.
In looking through history, the lessons of yesterday can point one towards a better tomorrow.