Framing the Dialogue

I Miss

I started a new job in January.  I didn’t have a lot of options at that time so I accepted a job where I have a 60 minute commute each way, longer hours, poorer benefits (but better than unemployment), longer hours, mountains of stress, a thankless workload, longer hours, oh and longer hours. 

Driving home tonight at 7:30 pm I noticed this bumper sticker on the car in front of me at a stop light.  It took a few seconds for the message to register, but it gave me a chuckle. 

I started to think about using it in a post so I snapped a picture with my phone as I thought about the things I miss:

  1. I don’t get to blog nearly as often.  Even though many of the political topics make me want to duct tape my head so it doesn’t explode, blogging make me feel good.  THANK YOU ALL WHO READ MY POSTS!  I wish that you would provide more feedback/comments so that I could get to know you.
  2. I have way less time with my family except for one of my children who now has a summer job working for me.  I apologize to her for the long hours and exhausting work.  These things are in order of my scrambled thoughts and not in order of importance.
  3. I miss peace of mind as my job intrudes into my waking thoughts. 
  4. I miss my friends both personal and professional who I had spent so much time with.
  5. I miss getting home at a reasonable hour.
  6. I miss weekends.  I do get weekends off, but since I don’t really have evenings any more, all chore, shopping, etc. has to be done on weekends.
  7. I miss evenings.  My day yesterday was an alarm clock at 6:00 am, leave at 6:30, start work at 7:30, work until 7:00, get home at 8:00, snatch two pieces of pizza, cut the grass, shower, watch Glee, and off to bed by 10:00.
  8. I miss days off.  I was a spoiled government worker who had 10 holidays, 4 weeks vacation, 5 personal days, and 13 sick days each year (I only used that many once the year my father died and I had a kidney stone).  I have had one day off since the beginning of the year.  I’ll admit that the amount of time off that I had was obscene, but workers need time to recharge or they’ll burn out.
  9. I miss having some control over my schedule and workload.  Even though I am the General Manager of my company, there is very little control for me.  I really don’t expect to have total control as you never do as long as you work for someone else, but I miss having some control. 
  10. I miss Chinese food.  This will take some explaining.  My previous job was mostly in the field working with local groups and municipalities.  I learned to identify and enjoy the bountiful and numerous oriental buffets around the area.  I work in an area devoid of the restaurants and miss them.  I am saving some money as I pretty much have to brown bag it every day.

One great thing about my new job is that I work with some great people.  We had a late order and needed some folks to stay late tonight to pack our truck.  Even though they had worked a full day (they also start at 7:30) and have families, EVERONE STAYED to help.

Sigh…that felt good. 

Thanks again for reading. 

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  1. Kevin says:

    You should work for yourself. It takes time to set up, but it gives you a whole world of freedom.

    You could “crush it” and do something you truly enjoy.
    * Being a freelance educator for things you’re an expert in.
    * Being a consultant for a company like the one you work for now.
    * Being a full-time writer and newspaper columnist.
    * Publish an absurd amount of entertaining book reviews (you have a good start) and sell them once your done. Create an audience of people who love the type of books you do.

    I wouldn’t think you’d work less hours, but the long days would be bearable if you could get up at 6am excited to go to work (it really feels more like play).

  2. eric says:

    Hey Cuz,
    Take it for what its worth, but there is something to be said when you are involved in a critical task and you work hard to bring it to fruition. It’s the payoff for the ‘waking thoughts’, so relish it..celebrate the good, put the bad behind you.

  3. Greg says:

    That is the ultimate goal, but there is risk and the bills need to be paid.

  4. Greg says:

    I totally agree, but one of the root causes is unlikely to change. I know how to get through and resolve the problems, but they keep moving the target.

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