I just don’t get how ungrateful some workers are these days. Yeah, you may be asked to do a bit more – yeah, you may be asked to help the team out and pull some overtime….you know what though?
You still have a job! Think of all those out there who aren’t as fortunate.
I hear it every day how “oh, why are we asked to do this?” or “why should we do extra?”. I’d say because in these tough times, we all have to pull together by the bootstraps and keep each other up. I tell you what…I wouldn’t want to be one of those people out on the street right now looking for their next job, because it may not come up as soon as they need, and then they are in real hot water. It’s time to prioritize what’s really important – food, shelter, and clothing…and some means of transport if you can do it on the cheap enough. Right now, the banks and credit card companies are feeling the pinch as well. How many people do you think stopped paying on their cards when things went sour – a lot, I can tell you that. If it came down to making a credit card payment, or buying that much more groceries, you bet your bottom green stamp where my money would rather go. In this economy, who can afford to own a home anyway unless you’re really really careful…or really really lucky. I’m back to a “cash-and-carry” budget – if it’s not in the scope of my paycheck, then I can’t afford it.
I’m sorry, but I’ll do what I need to do in order to survive. If it means giving up a little free time to work some overtime hours – so be it. If I need to help out to do what needs to get done – so be it. I’m grateful that I still have my job, a decent place to live, and food on the table. I may be renting for many more years, but I’ve pretty much given up my expectations of this year, and just living in the moment, enjoying each day as it comes as much as I can. Just because you’re a little bit poorer now doesn’t mean you have to be miserable. Smiles are still free.