One of those weeks

Saturday, 25 September 2004, 0:03 | Category : Geek Stuff
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You wonder what would happen if you just got in your car and started driving, just pick a direction and go. How long would it take for someone outside your immediate family to notice you weren’t exactly there? How long would you have to drive before your mind was emptied of all the drudgery that sent you off in the first place? Why, exactly, do we put ourselves through this? When your job begins affecting your life, where do you find the incentive to keep rolling along? What’s the point of all this rushing about?

Several years ago, the job I had at the time sent me to Washington, DC on a regular basis. I would ride the Metro morning and evening, and what I saw constantly was people who seemed to have this sullen irritation at the life they were forced to lead. I rarely saw someone on the Metro who seemed happy. I didn’t understand how people lived that way. I don’t want to ever understand that way of living and working. But I’ve also worked around people who became high-maintenance, whose attitude was so raw that those around them were always on edge. There was a guy we called the Volcano, because of his tendency to get mad and boil over. The explosion was never pretty. He would quit, then come back a few months later. Good programmer. Lousy co-worker. I don’t want to understand that way of living and working either. So, whatever this funk is, wherever it’s coming from, I have to figure out a way to deal with it, small answer or big answer.

3 Comments for “One of those weeks”

  1. 1scott

    Some things that might apply:

    “1 Timothy 6

    1All who are under the yoke of slavery should consider their masters worthy of full respect, so that God’s name and our teaching may not be slandered. 2Those who have believing masters are not to show less respect for them because they are brothers. Instead, they are to serve them even better, because those who benefit from their service are believers, and dear to them.”

    “Philippians 4:11-13

    11I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”

    I have no illusions about these being a magic pill. But Paul was just a man, and he found the answer. You will too.

  2. 2Harry

    Well, I didn’t think I was showing disrespect to my “masters”!

  3. 3scott

    I was more concerned with “because those who benefit from their service are believers, and dear to them.” That, and that when it gets right down to it, you’re not working primarily for yourself, but a worthy Master. And there is real satisfaction to be found in that.