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Sometimes the water doesn’t slide off a duck’s back


Photo by Neil Howard/Neil Howard (neilalderney123)/Creative Commons

Photo by Neil Howard/Neil Howard
(neilalderney123)/Creative Commons

There are some days when you can just let things slide, like water off a duck’s back as the saying goes. There are other days, well, not so much.

It’s on those days when my mind wanders and I start the “what if” game. What if this, then that. Like, “what if I didn’t need the money…then would I still be doing what I do?”

I’ve often said that I love my job and I do. I love being able to connect with people on a one-to-one basis. I love the trust that I’m given to represent a large organization that’s critical to the community. I love being able to feel like I’m doing something good by sharing helpful information that could improve the health of the community (like our mission says). I also love learning something new every day.

But I am enough of a realist to know that sometimes loving what you do just isn’t enough. Sometimes the aggravation and the things that are out of your control that impact your day-to-day work just become too much to overlook.  That, combined with the recent resignations of two colleagues with whom I really enjoyed working has gotten me thinking. A lot.

So what do you do when you get to that point? Very good question and one I need to ponder. I’m not naive (at least I try not to be!). I am well aware that the grass isn’t always greener, so jumping ship to go to a perceived greener grassland isn’t always the best option. So that means you have to evaluate your options closely and figure out what can make things better.

Clearly the answers to this conundrum will not be clear overnight. But it’s something to think about and to work on. Life is too short, right? We are the only ones who will make ourselves happy.

So now I pose the question to my readers: have you ever felt like this? What did you do?

Author: Nancy Jean

I love reading, writing, music, the beach, and being a mom to two rescue dogs. My job is social media for health care.

2 thoughts on “Sometimes the water doesn’t slide off a duck’s back

  1. I know exactly what you mean Nancy. I think when we feel this way, and when there is a change to our team’s dynamic, we can do a couple of things: 1) Take some time for ourselves — plan absolutely nothing on a Saturday or Sunday except time for yourself to reflect on where you are and where you want to be (go for a walk on a nice day – not for the exercise, but to look around and just “be”– bring a book and sit on a bench somewhere to read and people watch. Sounds corny but it can work :). 2) Re-evaluate where you are in your career — this doesn’t mean look for a new job (please don’t!!), but try to remember what used to excite you about your work. (When you launched social media at the partners, science writing …) Maybe there is a way to shift something in your current role (not sure what though!) so that you can get the love back again, so it doesn’t feel so much like a “job” but is something that you get excited about again. Or maybe find something OUTSIDE of work that gets you as excited as say … the Red Sox 🙂 Something to help you get that fire again, fiction writing, or maybe something with dogs. We can’t have our career be EVERYTHING, otherwise when we have a hard time and don’t feel inspired for long stretches at work, it affects the rest of our lives more than it should. Hang in there:)

    • Ellen, thanks for your words of wisdom. Work is such a huge part of our lives, and it’s important to keep it in focus and more importantly, to find what makes us happy. You’ve given me some great ideas here, and I’m sure I will take you up on many of them!!! 🙂

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