Stories from my Past: Work isn’t everything
Work isn’t everything
I once worked at a company that had a very different culture than what I was used to. Even though it was very different, it was so much fun getting to know my coworkers and experience the culture. I did not agree with the decisions the management did, but I faithfully carried out their goals and plans. Often the goals were contradictory and when I mentioned this to my supervisor he agreed with me but said that I should still do them anyway.
One day there was a major problem with the Internet going out, and even though the IT department and I were working on it, it wasn’t a simple fix. The problem dragged into the morning, and hours passed. Too much time passed and the entire company was disconnected from the Internet. It doesn’t matter why, but the fix took time to do. While this was being fixed I was very stressed about it, since a business failure like having no Internet is something that you get fired over. So I was helping other people as I could while my boss was doing what he needed to do to fix the situation. When I was helping someone I was upset and frustrated and one of my coworkers said to me “I know that you want things to go smoothly Brian, but work isn’t everything.” She touched my arm as a gesture of kindness and I was overwhelmed at her kindness. I was fearing the worst for the company, and myself, but she helped me put it in perspective.
Sometimes a simple word of kindness makes all the difference. Even years later I smile thinking of her kindness and hope she is happy wherever she is.
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