Hi, everybody! I apologize to those of you who have been waiting for a new post. It really has been way too long since I posted. My belief is to post often; every day is the goal. I find it a very amazing to have, at this very moment, a lot of comments. I would, also, like to announce that all these comments have been POSITIVE (I wish I could add color right there)! I have had approximately 10 comments that I would consider SPAM. Speaking of SPAM, I just loaded ASKIMET yesterday. ASKIMET is a free WordPress plugin that prevents SPAM.
OK, to get to the subject, Giving 100%, which relates directly to my physical job. I am a part time dishwasher and I am in a unique as to be able to dedicate the rest of time to my internet marketing. One day the assistant manager asked me to wash a bunch of nasty pans in the deep sink. There is always various kitchen things soaking in there every night. Normally I did not pay much attention as to what was in the sink. I was told the night crew took care of that. There was usually 2 or 3 dishwashers at night and, usually just me during the day. I agreed with my co-workers. We agreed (and still do) that I work very hard for this restaurant. So, between the deep sink tasks and the dishwasher tasks, I was keeping very busy. The manager told me the relief shift was there and to clock-out. I did not clean everything in the sink. There were a handful of items in the sink still, however, I clocked out.
In the morning, the assistant manager had a private talk with me. He basically said that he expected m to do what was expected of me or he would find someone else who will. Wow, that was a shock to me. I nearly lost it on him. I maintained my composure being the wise one I am. I bit my tongue, kept quiet and listened. My father was big on “keep your mouth shut and look and listen”. That behavior is ingrained into my DNA. Man, I wanted to cuss him out about how hard I worked and how unjust this was or just scream and cry. I understand hearing or, I mean, reading about a man, who in real life is about to cry about a mundane (more or less) thing, is a bit hard to believe, however, this is true and I have a problem with my emotions running away with me on account of my brain injury way back in 1992. So, I kept cool and it ate at me all day. later. at home, I reflected on the day. I was frustrated. I was giving 100% and I was exhausted.
Well, things got a little worse at work. Just last week I was finishing up at my job. There were 2 pans in the sink. I figured I washed most of them and the boss was in a rush to get me clocked-out so he could save on his labor costs. I told the manager there were two pans left in the sink and the sink needed to be rinsed. He replied, “Still! You still have the sink to do. You have got to manage your time better. You are killing me on labor, right now.” Well, that ticked me off. I went to the sink and rinsed it out and left the pans. I clocked out.
When I was home, I reflected on what was happening at work. I was frustrated and I was very tired. I was giving them a 100%. What did they want from me! What would my father advise me to do; all I could think of him saying was, “All you can do is your best”. Eventually, this thought came to me. “What would my mother say?” My mother would say, “All you can do is give 110%.” Then, I thought to myself, “I am exhausted. I don’t have another 10%. Let’s see, what is half of 10. Five. I can surely give 5% more. What’s another 5%, it’s nothing. I can give 110%!” Almost daily I think to myself, “Is the finish line just a few more steps?” So, you could say that I programmed myself to keep pushing. I know I have quit things, and I should have kept at it a little more and I would have met my goal. Having a brain injury I learned a lot about perseverance. I thought of myself self as resourceful and independent before my brain injury. During my past 25 years of recovery, I have accomplished many things. I have surprised myself at some of my accomplishments. Most of my success comes when I have a bunch of support. Sometimes I am inspired by the lack of support. I say to myself, “I’ll show them.” You do have to be careful about pushing yourself and trying things when they are tearing you down. At the point where you are getting nowhere for a while, you must reflect upon the situation and decide if you should continue your pursuit or to call it quits. Giving value is where it’s at. Here is my gem of wisdom, “Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars!” This was the sign off signature of a very famous top 40 radio DJ, Casey Kasem.
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