On the headboard of my bed I have this little cross and sheep to prompt me to be grateful for this good life I have been given.
Though I have been at odds with my work, it is one of the things I have found myself most thankful for. Despite the fact that recent positions I have held didn’t end up being a good fit for me, I know that adventure is out there!
If you’ve read prior posts you may wonder why in the world I drive an hour and a half to get to work instead of working someplace closer to home. I did take an “as needed” position at a nursing home 10 minutes from my house. Besides the fact that there was a limited availability of shifts, the nurse patient ratio was horrific: 40 to 1 on nights and 20 to 1 on days. The logic would be, “Oh well these are long-term care patients so they aren’t really as sick.” Okay. Well that’s one way to look at it. The reality is that the ratio is too high to allow me to give the kind of care that I expect to give to my patients. That is also the kind of care families trust that their relatives are being given.
So instead I choose to drive a little further in order to work at a facility that I feel provides an environment to give better care.
During my commutes I have been listening to All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr . A part that struck me was in the beginning when Werner was at the orphanage and the coal mine representatives came to talk to the children. They told his sister that the only place Werner would be going was into the coal mines as soon as he turned 15. They explained he should be happy to have the opportunity to work in the coal mines and have a steady job he could count on.
That is the kind of spin that many employers rely on to cover the fact that they are asking employees to do things that they know are difficult, unreasonable, and sometimes downright wrong. When they know they aren’t treating people right they throw out how they are saving employees money on dry cleaning or they remind them how they sent hand written notes of thanks to employees. As if these things compensate for their unethical behavior. If an employer is treating employees right I don’t think there would be a need for the reminders of all that they do for their employees. The employees would already be well aware.
I think what is happening in the United States today is that people’s shoulders are getting tired of other people standing on them. Instead of working to line someone else’s pockets people choose instead to get on a program – or two or three. Look at workers’ compensation, look at unemployment, look at welfare, look at Medicare, Medicaid and social security. It’s an epidemic.
So it brings me to the fact that I am thankful that in my profession I am able to fairly easily find work even though it is a little harder to find plenty of hours at a facility or organization that I can be proud to work for. I am also thankful that the work I do gives me personal satisfaction knowing that I can have a positive impact on people’s lives when they are in a difficult situation.
When I’m at work I find adventure waiting for me… and I’m grateful.
What adventures are you grateful for?
This post is part of Colline’s Gratitude Project