I think anyone who’s come by my blog in the past year and/or read with any regularity knows that I’ve been pretty happy at my job. I have never published the name of the business I work for on this blog because—well—I know some really crappy people (many of whom masquerade as “Christians”) that I KNOW have e-mailed people’s employers in the past for things they’ve written on Facebook or on their blog or whatever. (Seriously, we’ve gotten to a point that someone can’t write, “I hate my job sometimes” on their Facebook page without some jackass reporting them to their boss.) Now I don’t have any complaints to register, but nonetheless, I don’t want to take that risk if I can avoid it. I also don’t want any of the ridiculous, sometimes irresponsible things I write to be in any way connected with my office and give the company I work for a bad name…so I don’t name them, and I’ve got a disclaimer over there in the margin that tells folks that my bosses don’t write for the blog. It’s a shame that I’ve got to think this way…but that’s the world we live in.
But…all that being said… I work for some really good people. (And, to my knowledge, they do not read my blog, so this doesn’t count as sucking up.) I’ve been at my job for just a little bit over a year and I don’t think I’ve felt more appreciated or fulfilled in my life. I have absolutely NO ill-will toward the last place I worked and some of the folks I met while I was there are still the most important people in my life…but in all the time I was there, I think I can count the times I heard the phrase “good job” on one hand…and I didn’t really feel like my bosses expressed that they appreciated me until I was leaving—even when they promoted me, I don’t remember hearing the phrase, “Good job” or “Way to go big-shooter.” (No offense to anyone there. They weren’t OBLIGATED to do that, and they’re all busy folks… I’m sure I WAS appreciated. Saying it just kinda wasn’t on the top of the priority list. I get that, and I’m not mad or bitter about it. I actually feel a little bit bad about bringing it up…but it’s still true.) In contrast, I’ve been regularly encouraged at my present job. Even when I’ve done something incorrectly, I’ve felt like the correction was just that. It was CORRECTION, not reprimand.
I won’t go into too much detail, because it was a nice thing that I don’t want to over-inflate to the point that it’s just a story or something like that… But I have twice been encouraged and complimented by my employers in the past week in what I feel were pretty major ways. And yeah, maybe I did something to deserve it (or maybe not…personally, I just feel like I do what I’m paid to do and I don’t ask for anything above or beyond my paycheck)…but in the same way as my LAST employers, my current bosses are under absolutely NO obligation to go out of their way to pay me a compliment or praise my work. But they do. Even when they KNOW I’m behind and struggling to catch up, I’ve not ever really been greeted with, “You’ve got to get it done!” I’ve been greeted with, “Hang in there. Keep going. You’ll get it done.”
I can’t begin to express how grateful I’ve been for the past year of my life. Through whatever divine, karmic, or other force that’s allowed me to be so happy and so encouraged…it has not gone un-noticed or under-appreciated. And I just wanted to share that. And also, I just wanted to leave you with this thought…
There is NOTHING more encouraging than telling someone you believe in them.
…and in what is pretty much the DEFINITION of anti-climactic…
Comic books purchased this week (to be reviewed in “Empty Checking” this weekend alongside some DVDs and music):
- Joker’s Asylum II: “Clayface”
- Batman Beyond #1 of 6
- Captain America (The Heroic Age) #607
- Captain America: The 1940’s Newspaper Strip – Issue #1 of 3