You’re running late to work. Nothing seems to be going right today. You realized that your work clothes are still in the laundry. You decide on a last minute outfit and rush out the door.
As you get into the car you realize that there is a button missing on your shirt. You don’t have time to change, so you drive away. Within minutes, you realize that your gas gauge is low and you’re not even sure if you’ll have enough gas to get to work.
As you pull into the parking lot on fumes, it suddenly dawns on you that you forgot your lunch. “This is going to be a very long day” you think to yourself.
The time clock shows you are seven minutes late to work as you clock in. You know the policy states that anything over five minutes requires a write-up, so you walk to your work station with a high anxiety level because you anticipate that your boss will be coming to see you very soon. “What else could possibly go wrong today?” you grumble to yourself.
It feels like eternity, but eventually the boss makes his way over to your work station. He reminds you that you’ve been five minutes late or more, and called in sick, on four separate occasions during the past six months. The boss informs you that this will be the last write-up on you.
“The next time you’re late, you will be terminated” he stated.
Now you’re upset. The day seems to drag on slowly. You can’t concentrate on your work. When lunchtime arrives, you don’t have anything to eat.
After lunch, you go back to your work station hungry and distracted. You end up making mistakes before the work day is over because you were too hungry and too tired to be detail oriented.
After work, you climb into your car and head home. Within a few miles, the car sputters and stalls. You forgot about the gas gauge. You think “Why does everything seem to always happen to me?”
A lot of people want to complain and claim they are a victim of circumstances, but the harsh reality is that many times they created those circumstances.
If the story above described you, don’t seek sympathy from co-workers, friends or family members. You need to grow up and take responsibility for your own poor decisions. You are the one who created the circumstances that are jeopardizing your job.
You have a bad habit of not filling your car’s gas tank before it gets too low. You’re usually late because you don’t leave home on time. You were hungry because you didn’t pack your lunch. You made careless mistakes because your brain was more interested in food than on the details of your job.
If this article strikes a chord in your life, it’s time you learn to stop acting like a victim. Plan ahead, prioritize tasks and accept responsibility. If you change your mindset and habits, you’ll change your future.
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When will the ordeal finally be over?
I was just thinking about the ordeal I’ve been going through since Sept. 19.
Life in Stringtown was full of hard work, simple pleasures
I had a chance to visit recently with an old friend, Alene Perkins Long.
Burning bridges and the importance of relationships
“Congratulations on your new job!” You tell a co-worker who announced she would be leaving in a couple of weeks. “Where are you going?” You ask her.
“I’ve landed a job that will put this place to shame! I am so excited about leaving here. This is going to be a great chance to advance my career,” the co-worker tells you.
Ensuring children develop a habit brushing their teeth
“Are you sure you brushed your teeth?” the father asked his son. His son solemnly nodded. His father said, “Let me smell your breath.” The son obligingly opened his mouth. Finally, the father said, “I need to check and see if your toothbrush is wet.”
This type of exchange happens in many households as children often do not brush their teeth, even when told to do so. This nightly inquisition can occur less frequently if parents establish a habit in their children to brush their teeth.
Saturated fat consumption leads to abdominal fat
New research from Uppsala University shows that eating more saturated fat in the diet causes an increase in the amount of fat stored in the abdominal area in comparison with extra consumption of polyunsaturated fat.
County’s oldest consignment sale begins today
The Little Ones’ Consignment Sale, Madison County’s oldest semi-annual sale of its kind, is open to the public 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today (Friday) and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the multi-ministry center behind United Methodist Church, West Main Street, Richmond. Marked items are half price on Saturday.
There’s more to do at the Village Trough
“I wish there was more to do here.”
Do you ever find yourself saying this sentence as you sit there bored out of your mind? Have you heard others ask it?
Well, there is something more to do now that Village Trough in Berea is staging shows with local and regional talent and preparing to open as a full dining and entertainment venue.
Let’s have a Mardi Gras party in Kentucky
It’s the time of year when the people in New Orleans celebrate a festival called Mardi Gras. Many states now do the same. Some call it “Fat Tuesday” which I have never understood till I went to New Orleans (five times) and saw all of the excitement for myself.
Beat the winter blues with meatballs
When it’s this cold outside it’s nice to warm up with some good comfort food.
I can think of few things more wonderful than the smell of simmering meatballs coming from the kitchen while I cuddle with my two young children, and a few good books, on a brisk winter day.
Taste test Thursday
The sun is shining, but the chill has returned, so I hope you made the most of the warm, sunny weather this weekend.
The spring greens are being as tentative as the warm temperatures, but there is talk of lettuce being harvested and a continued trickle of kale, pea shoots, miner’s lettuce and spinach. To make room for the spring harvests, winter squash and sweet potatoes have been marked down to $1/pound and pumpkins are only 50 cents/pound.
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