Strutting your Stuff: On Showing Off and Showing Up

peacock That guy sitting next to you all those years? They fired him and gave you his job (at least temporarily). Your best friend just found out about yet another round of layoffs at her firm. You’re the only one you know who isn’t complaining about your 401K – because it’s actually gone up a little these last few months.

You’re exhausted doing the work of two people, both of whom are quarantined for possible swine flu exposure. How can you celebrate three job offers when your friends aren’t even getting interviews? How do you deal when everyone around you is miserable?

You can be insensitive.
You can be sensitive.
You can be hypersensitive.

It’s tough to juggle job-survivor guilt and the exhaustion of over-work. It’s even tougher when you feel you’ve got to hide your successes. But there’s a difference between flaunting it and just doing it. Pride in your work and accomplishments needn’t mean throwing your success in someone else’s face. You show up, you do your work, you enjoy your success, you take a breath. And then, if you’ve got a little extra, you look around to see who you can help, and how. Because today’s a good one for you, but you never know…

Copyright © 2009 Marlin S. Potash. All rights reserved.

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