12/24/08

Job = Motivation

I've come to a crossroads at work. It happened today.

You see, I work for a trucking company. For those of you whose only involvement with trucking is that big, burly dude at a gas station wearing the "Bubba Gump Shrimp" ball cap, let me tell you that Christmas is the most miserable time of year.

Imagine 3,000 4 year-olds, all wanting to go home for the holiday, asking collectively, "Are we there yet?!?!" & you have an idea of where the pain starts. Add to it that the "parents" (dispatchers, in this case) get just as whiny as the kids & well, let's just say I sympathize with you drinkers out there.

So, when one of the above managers decided to undo a couple of my plans & left one load uncovered just to get what he wanted without telling me, I was a little more "Grinch" than Santa...

At some point this just hit me: "USE IT"!!! Don't be pissed at one guy who's just thumbing his nose at the rules. He's been there for 17 years & is a lifer. This isn't conflict! No, in the big picture it's my continued motivation to move down to South Carolina & take on new challenges, experience new things AND breathe some life into, well, my LIFE!

It's just like HKD: Use the energy you're given by the antagonist. Let them provide what is needed to move the mountain, erode the obstacle or detour the path. Move beyond the obstruction, don't rest on it.

Or, as Dad puts it: "A bad day is like taking a crap: When you're done & you flush, do you really care about where it is or what it's doing? No! It's over & gone"

Whichever version you like best works for me. Either way, I'm getting a new toilet! :-)

4 comments:

Mrs. Who said...

Your dad sounds like my dad! I love his expression.

Yes, come to the 'South' side, Hapkido. You know you'll love it.

Bob said...

I love both ways of expressing that sentiment. Merry Christmas!

Hapkido said...

Mrs. Who: Dad has a ton of life experience & a clever way of portraying each story, anecdote or bit of advice. I'm definitely getting to the "South" side as soon as I can. I need to save a bit more & be able to drive first is all.

Bob: Yeah, I'm of the same mind. I do think Dad's sticks in the mind better, though.

RonnyEngrish said...

Dad's is better. Just don't forget the paperwork. ifyaknowwhatImean.

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