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From My Heart: Reaping

Fri, 30 Jan 2009 16:04:00
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Anonymous
To Whom It May Concern:

Hello, it’s me again. Just one person talking to another from the heart. I would like to talk about reaping what you sow. When I was a young man, I had a job working as a security officer. I worked at night patrolling the floors of a building. I had to punch-in a clock on each floor to show that I had been there. When not walking the floors, I was supposed to be visible in the front lobby to show a security presence.

I didn’t exactly follow the job description. The building doors were locked, so I would bring pillows to work and sleep underneath the desk. Sometimes I would fail to punch-in the clocks because I was not patrolling the floors like I was supposed to. The building manager caught me sleeping twice and my supervisor caught me sleeping on four different occasions. That’s how many chances he gave me. Each time he pleaded with me to follow policies and procedures. I obviously didn’t care. I came up with all kinds of lame excuses to explain why I hadn’t done my job. I thought he should have been glad I was even coming in to work. Didn’t he know how lucky he was to have me as an employee? After the fourth incident, my supervisor terminated my employment. How dare he! I thought.

When I told my so-called friends about it, they agreed with me that he was wrong to fire me and it must have been personal. They apparently had the same poor work ethic as I did at that time.

When I lost the job, I was not able to pay my car note and other bills. Then I thought that the auto loan company was being mean and showing no understanding toward me. How dare they! I thought again. It was also difficult to pay the rent (I did still have another job), and I didn’t understand why the landlord was bugging me about it. How dare he too!

Eventually, I realized that the whole set of circumstances was my fault. I was not being responsible. I was more concerned with hanging out with my so-called friends and having fun instead of getting the proper rest I needed in order to do my job so I could pay my bills. I caused all of this grief for myself. How dare I! How dare I blame anyone else for my irresponsible behavior and my disregard for the responsibilities I had committed to. I had simply reaped what I had sowed.

What I learned from this was to get my priorities in order. When I followed the rules, policies and procedures, I was able to keep future jobs. I also excelled and rose through the ranks. Even when my supervisor had a personal problem with me, it was hard to affect my job when I was an asset to the company.

After recognizing the error of my ways, over time, my life changed dramatically. I learned that having fun and enjoying life is important, but cannot take priority over personal responsibilities. My so-called friends did not pay my bills, and I should not have asked them for advice because they were not productive at the time. Everyone I know who does well on their job are people who have their priorities in order. If I sow good seeds, I will reap the good fruits of my labor.

These are just my experiences. If I have reached the heart of just one person, I will feel I have been of some worth today. I am not judging anyone, so please do not judge me.

Your Humble Servant

 
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