|And NO....this is not the reason, though i have to admit,being around folks who do this when I am with them make me crazy!|
I am not making this up.
And i realized just very recently how much the phone has affected me because of my job in the union office. I've worked in this job for 25 years (not to mention the previous 10 years in the school district where i was a secretary).
I am now retired but temporarily working part-time in the union office and one thing i no longer have to do is answer the phone.
It's only been two days post retirement, but i realized how much more i like going to work just knowing the phone is no longer my duty.... I feel lighter... I feel happier! Just knowing when that phone rings i don't have to have some conversation with the person on the other line has freed me up to be more positive and ready to get to work.
Here's the deal: nobody calling the union office ever does so with positive news. They call crying, venting, whining, griping, yelling, and i am not kidding, even suicidal (That has actually happened to me four times. One time... months later i read the member's obituary and that's where i found out she was really serious....And on that call i actually had access to the mental health place next door who I had a colleague summon to come over and take the call.)
They have even called drunk.
It was SO rare to receive a good phone call that i actually started to save any voice mails i received that were nice messages. I had calls from a few members or colleagues who liked what i wrote in a newsletter, or what i said in a meeting, three of those calls were from my friend Julie (jj here) who had her little kindergarten or first grader kids in her music class sing happy birthday to me.
Because of retirement and cleaning up my office, I also recently cleared them off my voice mail. There were 9 messages in all.
And sometimes when i had a particularly negative experience at work i would play all 9 messages and listen to them again. (Julie's kids singing were the best.)
So now i'm thinking maybe after i de-program myself from this union job there are a few things that I think will change me.
#1. I will be a more positive person.
#2. My house is going to be in much better order because i actually like doing things like putting things where they belong - for example my next project now that the refrigerator is done is to put up new shelf paper and reorganize my kitchen cabinets.
(I don't have THAT many kitchen cabinets so this is not that arduous a chore really.)
#3. I will like being around people more.
#4. My health will be improved. Already i have been able to quit the blood pressure meds. Going on two months now and my blood pressure has been just great.
#5. Hell, I might end up getting a cell phone. (Not saying i will really use it, but i might get one.)
How do you think YOU would change if you weren't working at your current job? What do YOU think you would be doing differently? How might you feel differently?
Notes to Self:
High temp today: WOW! it hit 90 degrees at 4:05 pm. That might be the record high all summer. We have had the most fabulous summer ever in the history of Washington State summers. (However, next week it changes and goes back to 62 degrees for the high.)
Sunrise: 6:42 am (right now as i type at 7:46 pm it is 83 degrees outside! That's amazing!
Sunset: 7:32 pm ...
it's going SO fast now! :(
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