I refrained from saying anything negative about my long-time ex-employer, mainly because there wasn’t much negative to say. There are a few (3-4) people there that I hate beyond words. Other than that, it’s a good place to work. However, I was thinking. If I was still working there, I’d already be at work. As it is, I still have over an hour till I start. And, when they work overtime, they work the hours in the morning instead of the afternoon, so that meant going in at 6 AM. Nothing good can come from going to work at 6. That is one thing I will never miss. I’d much rather work my OT in the evening than in the morning. Because here’s the deal. I go to bed every night at 11, no matter what time I have to get up in the morning. So getting up at 4:30 meant less sleep. Now, if I get up at 7, I got a full eight hours of sleep.
In other news, I registered for my Winter semester classes yesterday. I’m taking 2 classes: Project Management, and Leading Teams. My dual emphasis is Operations Management and Leadership, so I get to take one from each discipline each semester. I’m really looking forward to the operations stuff. The leadership classes in a sense are just filler, but they’ll look good on the resume’.
I was listening to the local rock station morning show today, and they were collecting money for their “Hope for the Holidays” campaign. It struck me that there were a couple of corporate sponsors, a couple of well-off people donating, but 95% of the donations were coming from lower-middle class people. My experience has been that people that live check to check are much more likely to be generous than people that are well-off. I witnessed that behavior many times at my old company.
There were maybe 10-15% of the workforce there that were making enough to live comfortably. The rest are check to check (although the retirement benefits are awesome). Whenever something bad would happen, the people on the manufacturing floor would start collecting money.
I had a dear friend at my old company, Traci. She was up-and-coming in her career, and finally had a baby on the way, which was her dream come true. About 4 months into her pregnancy, she started swelling really badly, and the doctors thought she was just having complications with her pregnancy. Then about a month later, she came in where a couple of us were having a meeting, and said “I was trying to talk, and nothing would come out of my mouth.”
After much bungling by the doctors, they finally realized that she had inoperable brain cancer. The baby came early, but he was a healthy, big boy. She did treatments for quite a while, but ultimately couldn’t beat it.
When she got sick, the people put together money, food, household supplies, and after she had her baby, they gathered baby clothes, formula, and anything else that she needed. A cash fund was set up for her, and there was always money in it. After she died, a trust fund was set up for her baby, and people once again opened up their wallets and did what they could. Some people could only give $5, but when you added it all up, it was impressive.
I guess what I’m driving at is this; when you’ve sat and worried about losing your house, or getting your electricity turned off, or not being able to feed your kids, chances are you’ll be a lot more understanding of others that are struggling. People like that almost always give till it hurts. They know that in the future if they’re in need, someone will lend them a hand, too.
This isn’t welfare… the government has no business getting involved in things like this. It’s everybody helping each other out, the way God intended.
So if you can pay all of your bills, and still have a little left over, even if it’s just a few dollars, why not help somebody out? There are dozens of charities that do things during the holidays, and every little bit helps. Let’s take the job of looking after each other back from Uncle Sam, back to where it’s meant to be.