A lot of people grumble about work, grumble about pay, grumble about conditions, grumble about workload, grumble about coworkers. Today, I'm grumbling about people who grumble about their job.
Let me remind people of a few unpleasant facts that sometimes don't clearly register on our egocentric radar:
- The world doesn't owe you a living.
- "But, I have a degree." The world STILL doesn't owe you a living.
- "I'm worth more than I'm paid." An opinion. Be happy if at least one other person agrees.
- "I'm overworked." Probably. You're boss is 3x as overworked. Their boss, 10x.
In today's economy, most businesses have had to tighten the purse strings. This is an economic necessity, not a reflection of greed. If you're employed and making at least minimum wage, be thankful that you can buy a gallon of milk, a loaf of bread, and a package of bologna. Be thankful you can pay your child support and can afford your blood pressure medication.
Minimum wage, eh? Betcha still have cable or satellite at home. Betcha still manage to have DSL Internet. If you're a smoker, I bet you haven't quit the habit in order to save money, right?
And hey, if you make more than minimum wage but still aren't happy with your level of pay, why not go back to school, get a higher degree or additional training, so that you qualify for a job with better compensation? Oh right, I forgot: the world owes you a living.
As someone who, due to life's vicissitudes, had to miss ten months of work a few years ago, I'm thankful for two things:
- Because I work for an excellent company, I had paid time-off the first 5 months.
- My employer stood behind me and didn't give up on me. My job waited for me.
McDonald's wouldn't have done that. Dear old Uncle John wouldn't have done that. In fact, most places wouldn't.
So I guess I'd encourage people to be thankful if they can work, anywhere, for any wage. If you have more than that, as I do, then be doubly thankful. Again, the world does not owe you a living.