He’d be Burying Himself all the Deeper

It warmed up quite nicely today to the point I happened to notice several workers of a contracting company working in the Downtown with their shirts off, which I’ve always thought odd because you’d think their management policies would not allow them to do it, but from what I’ve heard of late, many in management are now turning their eyes away from policy, just to keep them working.

For the life of me, I cannot understand how all those able-bodied people who’re not working, are managing to keep their bills paid. There must be more free money being doled out by our State and Federal governments on a monthly basis to where they just don’t have to work. Any way I look at such situations, leaves me to believe such continued hand-outs do nothing but erode our society’s work ethic, and when that goes away, it becomes harder for them to fall back in step with those who’ve chosen to continue working. This pandemic has created some interesting societal side-effects which I find troubling.

I know I’ve spoken about this before, but I think it’s time once again to share my thoughts about how many of our parents have pushed their children into working towards careers which aren’t good fits. Back when I was in school, we were encouraged to investigate certain professions and envision ourselves working in that area for our entire lives, but only if we felt we had a passion for it.

Reeling forward, I can’t begin to tell how many people I’ve encountered these recent years who’re in positions which are definitely good “fits” for them. Just for example, I know a handful who’re in public service in our community who’re most certainly not interested in providing the best services possible for our citizens. I’ve heard enough horror stories over the years from our general public regarding the way in which they’ve been treated by the very same people whose salaries we are paying. They’re oft times not kind, considerate or helpful, and above all, making those that go to them, feel like they’re doing them a big favor by even talking to them. I personally have a call into one of them I’d made well over a year ago, and still no call-back. Now tell me, is that public service gone bad?

Having given one area of expertise, I’m sure all the many of you can think of people in our medical community, our school systems, and our legal professions who’re not cut out to be in such positions. I can only imagine how fast I’d be out of business if I conducted myself in such a fashion, because in a competitive environment, a person must always work hard at providing the best services possible.

While in conversation today with a client who has a middle management position, we spoke about how hard we must work at being pleasant as well as helpful with people who’re overly demanding, and sometimes downright rude. I had to laugh when giving an example of such mindsets when I was in a meat section of a groceteria recently where I happened to notice a woman grabbing various packages of meat, looking at them, and then actually throwing them back on the shelf. I then asked, “How would you like to work with someone like that day in and day out?” Another example was how rude an old gent was when calling about a property several months ago. His exact words were, “How much are you asking for it?”, so I told him, but the real zinger was his cutting response, “Good luck getting it.”, and then hanging up on me. Unfortunately for him, luck was on my side because we got the price. Irregardless what anyone says, being purposely rude is a sure sign of a defect in character.

I had to laugh to myself some years ago when I was speaking to an elderly couple about a 90+ year old man whom I fully enjoy visiting with whenever he arrives at my office. Because the husband of that sweet little old lady was such a mean old codger, I announced my intentions of being just like that sweet old gent when I arrived at his ripe old age. I winked at his wife and nodded towards her husband who was completely oblivious to the dig I’d just sent his way. I know we shouldn’t talk about the dead, but I think when his people finally buried him, they screwed him into the ground in a left-hand fashion, just so if he tried to unscrew himself, he’d be burying himself all the deeper. Unfortunately, I know a handful of others deserving of left-hand screws when taking their dirt naps.

Pretty much my entire day was spent running errands, looking a properties, and meeting with contractors which always takes longer than expected. In spite of all my out of office experiences, it ended up being a good day, and by the looks of it, I’ll be busying myself with getting a home listed tomorrow which I’m hoping will sell right away because there really isn’t much left on the market in that lower price range. It’s clean and ready to go, so we’ll see.

I happened upon a video from BBC Online which I watched and then forwarded to several of my good friends to view. I asked the two of them today what they thought of it, and I was happy to hear they both considered it worth watching, so I’m now attaching the link to it. In my opinion, the thrust of that 40+ minute video, was to show us how nearly the entire world is turning away from farming, and only because they’re wanting more of the finer things in life which costs money. If you do decide to watch it, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, and if nothing else, you’ll see some monster radishes.

The disappearing village where huge radishes grow

Tonight’s One-liner is: Success is when you’ve managed to convert one of your weaknesses into a strength.

Joe Chodur

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