Tomorrow I Will Not Be Counting Down To 5 O'Clock

07 November 2013

Just this week...

- I complained that I had to spend half of my weekend stuck at this lovely place called work, instead of doing other fun (or lazy) weekend things.

- I was crabby because, instead of getting that extra hour of sleep, I had to get up and go in to work early each morning.
- I was annoyed with co-workers who emptied the water cooler and didn't replace it, because I didn't enjoy having to lift thirty pounds of water across the office and then get stuck with nothing else to drink but the warm stuff.
- I didn't enjoy feeling like a robot at work while I had to do the same task over and over again.
- I grumbled when people at work expected to get their questions answered right away, instead of not being patient and realizing that I am only one person and I am doing the best I can.
- I continued to do my usual daily countdown to five o'clock and my usual weekly countdown to Friday.

-And I think I may have mentioned something here about having an early work Christmas party this year.
Well, today, two of my co-workers in my department started their work day just like me.  And I'm pretty sure, just like me, they had some of those complaints listed above too.  And just like me, around 4:40 today they were rushing to get their work done before they left for the day.  But, unlike me, as of 4:41 they no longer had a job.

As I'm sitting here right now, all I want to do is try and put into words how shocked, disappointed, sad, and scared they must be feeling tonight.  But I can't. 

What I can do, and what I'm going to do, is be so thankful when I wake up tomorrow morning that I still have a job to call my own.  Who knows, I may have more complaints, if not tomorrow then maybe next week, but for now, I'm just so thankful and all of those other things seem nothing but trivial.


  1. Yikes. Sorry to hear about your coworkers! I'm very glad it wasn't you! Having a job is definitely something to be grateful for!

  2. That's terrible for your co-workers. It really puts the small gripes into perspective.

  3. taking things for granted is one of my biggest fears and also one of my biggest down falls. thank you for such a simple reminder. having a job is something to be super thankful for!

  4. Sorry to hear this. The "survivor syndrome" is always really difficult to deal with. You feel guilty that you are still there and they aren't, sad and scared for what's ahead of them, and frustrated at the whole situation.

    I will be thinking of you during this period! It definitely puts things into perspective.

  5. Yikes, that must be scary for your co-workers. This is a great reminder to be thankful for the job you have, thanks!

  6. Wow that is so scary! I am glad you got to keep your job!

  7. Wow that is really scary. Just like that something so important can be taken from you.

  8. That is so sad. Sometimes you just never know what will happen. Hope they land a new job quickly.

  9. I defintiely needed to hear this. I am also one who sometimes complain about my job but I have to realized how blessed I am because there are so many without that right now. Hope they find something quickly! So glad I found your blog and I would love for you and everyone else to follow me at :)

  10. Oh man!! I'm so happy that you still have your job! My best friend called me the other day, she's coming to visit for a week in December because they just called a company meeting where they were told they have all of Thanksgiving week off, all of Christmas week off, all of New Years week off, and they need to choose another UNPAID week to take off. We live in such a shitty economy. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you!!!!!!

  11. I know how you feel, I have a love-hate relationship with my work aswell. Now that im on leave im really missing it a lot, im so bored at work I got too much sleep and got nothing to do and plus broke! so yeah is great that at the end of the day you are still grateful for it. Hope things would get better for you though :)

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