I just need to rant for a moment. Whether it is the economy or just people do not care any more -about anything, I do not know. In the past few months, I have seen and heard some overwhelming stories and excuses. As most of you know, I am a landscaper, and I also have a few rental homes. Each one of these businesses has seen a major downturn in the past couple of months and years, but can the people who both work for me and I work for be one in the same. It seems so. Not only have I seen a lowered work ethic and drive on the part of the people that work for me, I have started to see it in the people I work for. I seem to get the same stories day after day. I hear, "I'm sick", "I can't make it", "The train was in the way", "It is at my mom's house", "I'll do it tomorrow", "I need to go to the doctor", " I'll pay you tomorrow" and in the same breath "I need my money" or "Can I borrow such and such" which never is returned. And for all the old timers, the ever so popular," My dog ate it" is seeming to creep into the system-amazing! I actually had that one kicked at me last week. Is it just me, or is this the way it is everywhere. I cannot be alone in the cosmic realm. I seem to be hearing these types of fantastic excuses not once or twice a week, but at intervals that seem to be getting so close that the actual feeling is that it is a constant thing- like a line with no breaks in it.
Anybody have any of this going on?
Where is the morality?
Has our self esteem and honor gone by the wayside?
My only salvation is that I know there is nothing I can do to change other people, and I must not lower myself to their level. I must do what is right and accept the fact that I was brought up differently.
My parents are from the era of if you did the work, you get paid, and if you get work done, you pay them- period, end of story. For my entire life, I have heard, "If you can't pay for it, don't buy it", "Hard work never killed anyone", " and every other little one liner that you can think of. With those words in mind, I know that I must do the right things for myself and my family. I must help others who are actually in need. I must give thanks for all of the good that I and my family have experienced, and kick off all the negativity brought by those around me like dust from my shoes. In that way, I can walk forward with a clear conscience and instill in my children the same good qualities that my parents showed me.
Sorry for the rant, but things have really been crazy around here. The stories are endless. I am actually worn out from hearing them for the last couple of weeks. but, nevertheless, I am off to work.