Thursday, July 28, 2011

Kicked while I'm down

So today was not a good day at my day job.

It was a great day for my Mother, and she used a wheel chair for the first time, managed 3 hours of physical therapy, and made a lot of progress.

Just goes to show you, there is always something to be grateful for, and if the bears at work have decided to descend upon me, at least my Mom sounds encouraged, and even a little happy for the first time in weeks.

I'll take it as one for the good books, especially if it means she is closer to recovery.

My future employment is now in the hands of my team. Considering they have let me down as of late, it is hard to place your trust in them. I know I am a good manager, and have produced fantastic results in the past. It is just a matter of doing it once again. and it is about priorities, and as much as I take my job seriously, my family comes first.

Frankly, if that is'nt good enough, then I don't want to work there anyway. But I find myself stuck in the place that many of us face, I have to work, and I like it there. Quitting on a sound principle isn't the answer, and won't help my bank account.

So, today I was "documented" for the first time in a 20 year career. Mostly for things that are not my direct responsibility, and mostly because it says General Manager next to my name. So it is all my responsibility ultimately.

Sometimes I hate being the boss. Today was one of those days. Through it all, and it was not pleasant, I find myself very grateful for the good day my Mom had.

Pardon the expression, but everyone else can kiss my ass. I know how hard I work, and it has to be good enough, for today anyway. Because today it was Mom's turn for a good day...



  1. My dear friend, I'm so glad that your Mom had a good day! I will continue to pray for you and your family.

  2. you're right, they can kiss your ass, and mine to if it helps any. I never felt it was right to judge people that way but it seems large corps like to set such conditions

    Well I think you're good at what you do, it's people that work under people like you that don't seem to care about the big picture. Keep your head up and if any of us can help, you know where we are <3

  3. My dear kind friend Laurel.I feel your pain and your joy for Mom. In the early '80 I was a manager for Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills and my Dad(a cowboy) got kicked by a horse and was in ICU for a week.It was Christmas was retail.Cold and heartless after my return,they started picking at me with tiny things. I quit and got another job and was replaced the same day by someone who was waiting in the wings.Bottom line-my Dad is still my Dad and the place can burn down for all I care.We know your skill and we love you.Screw 'em.

  4. Hi Laurel!

    I am soooo very excited for your mom! I love the little everyday miracles! As for your job.....keep your head up! I am with my company 21 years next week so I know what you are going through! As soon as I hit the lotto you are out of there and we can scrap the day away!

  5. Hi Laurel :)

    I can empathise with your feelings re your job - I have recently made a very big decision to take redundancy and leave mine. Their values and mine are just not the same, and no matter how hard I try to 'stick with it', I can no longer take any more crap! So, the decision is made and I am about to embark on a new journey involving much more crafting and looking after my Mum who lives with us (and has Alzheimer's) because, as you say, family always comes first ... wish me luck!

    I hope your Mum continues to improve daily :).

    Much love,
    Helen xx

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