It’s Over!

Ok it’s over. We can all get our breath back again. Just another 12 months to wait for it to start up once more. Not long to go.

I had a lovely Christmas spent with family. Playing games and eating a really nice dinner. Lots of chocolates going round. And bloody awful TV! Apart from Mrs Brown’s Boys, which makes me laugh even after watching it 8 times, there was nothing at all decent on the box. We ended up watching my grandson’s new DVD, Horrid Henry, about 12 times. Some of the family wanted to see the news but it was so full of doom and gloom, so utterly depressing, that it was banned.

Tomorrow I’m back at work. How utterly exciting. Can’t wait. (Pure sarcasm there.)

I’m so glad I wasn’t in this weekend. I can just imagine what they’ve had to deal with. All the customers who have had problems over Christmas and have been trying to get through to claims but keep pressing the wrong options and getting no one. The very first option is ‘if you want an engineer’. There are many people who don’t press option 1. They could have no heating, or water leaking through the ceiling, but they’ll still press ‘for any other enquiry’ option. When we get back to work they come through and have a go at us, like it’s our fault that they can’t be bothered to listen.

Oh yes, I can’t wait to get back to work.

 

 


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Happy Solstice, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays, Seasons Greetings

Well it’s the time of year for spending again. Get your pay early so you can spend it on family and friends and loads of food that you don’t need, but the compost bin will enjoy. That sounds a bit miserable doesn’t it? But it’s true! Those of us enjoying a celebration at this time of the year go overboard. We don’t need to. But we love doing it. You know I’m right.

And every year most of us say that we didn’t need to get all of that food so we’re not going to do it next year. But next year we spend more. Why? Well in my opinion it’s very simple. Although we may have a religious celebration, the main celebration centres around our loved ones. It’s the one time of the year when we hate and we love having our family around. Love and hate are two sides of the same coin – you can’t have one without the other. When it comes to family and this time of the year, this particular coin is being tossed constantly.

So whether we spend the money from a desire to shower our family with gifts because we love them, or because we want to get one up on the rich aunt and uncle, or even keep up with the neighbours, spend we do. We’re helped of course by the stores who are all too eager to offer encouragement.

So I know I’m a bit late with this, but HAPPY SOLSTICE for all my Pagan friends. I was busy greeting my parents who are spending a week with us.

HAPPY HANUKKAH for all my Jewish friends.

MERRY CHRISTMAS for all my Christian friends.

And for all my friends who are atheist, or just couldn’t give a damn about religion – HAPPY HOLIDAYS, SEASONS GREETINGS.

I hope everyone has a good time, and party’s safely.

Enjoy the January sales!

 

 

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The Right People To Work Here

The higher ranks of the company have mentioned recently that they want the right kind of people for the job. Mentioned several times actually. They have also said that anyone who does not have the right attitude should go elsewhere.

During a meeting last week where we were discussing what would make the company an even better place to work for, one of the directors began to ask people if they would like more facilities to help with religious matters. He mentioned praying facilities, better facilities to wash feet, and anything else that people may find beneficial. Well I jumped at him.

‘This is a place of work not a place of worship.’ I said.

‘Oh but we need the right kind of people for the job.’ He replied.

So am I take it that non-religious people are not the right people for the job? Lovely case of discrimination if that’s right. Or does the company prefer people spending their time praying and washing their feet rather than actually doing the work they are employed to do? Surely the ‘right kind of people’ do their job at work and personal issues, such as religion, occupy them outside of work.

Why do some people expect the work place to accommodate their worship preferences? If you worship a God, whatever God it may be, then shouldn’t you be thinking about that deity at all times, not just in worship? And shouldn’t your actions belie the religion you follow? For instance, if you believe that God created everything and is the prime artist, then shouldn’t you be treating the artists work as being priceless, in every form it comes in? Should you not be working to the best of your ability in honour of the fact that God provided the job for you? Or should you be wasting the time of other people by washing your feet and spending your time praying? I can’t see any God thinking a time waster or work skiver is worthy follower to have.


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