Sunday, July 26, 2020

Addendum to the Weekend Reading

I just finished mopping our floors and am stuck outside while they dry. I have some work I'd like to do today, but that needs a big monitor, not just a laptop screen, so it will have to wait until the floors are dry!

Since I'm out here for 20 minutes or so and don't really want to make myself sad by reading Twitter, I am going to write an addendum to yesterday's post.

First of all, to clarify the work situation: I am not planning to quit or start a job search. I am planning to tell my management my suggestion for making their new policy a little more workable, and then whether they take that suggestion or not, I am going to do my best to follow the new policy. I am pretty sure that I will fall short once school starts, and if that becomes a problem then I will start a job search. Nothing is ever certain, but I feel like I would have some solid leads to start with, and that makes me feel better about waiting to see how this policy plays out at work. I like my current job and I think I'm pretty good at it even now with all the extra interruptions and stressors. So it will all probably be fine, but what I was trying to say in yesterday's post is that if it isn't fine at this job, it will be fine for me and my family. I feel very fortunate to be able to say that and really believe it to be true, especially right now.

However, it remains true that I am getting squeezed from several different directions right now, and it is frustrating and tiring. There really isn't any place I can talk about that, except to my husband and even there I have to be careful because we're both frustrated and tired and it is all too easy to find ourselves arguing over something I just wanted to commiserate about. Twitter and this blog used to be where I could talk about those things, but the internet has changed and that doesn't feel like a good idea anymore.

Enough said.

The other thing I want to add is a link to a podcast series I am finding really interesting and helpful Vox's Future Perfect is doing a season called The Way Through, in which they talk to religious thinkers and philosophers and the like about what their traditions and ways of thinking can tell us about how to navigate the mess that is our world right now.  I have listened to the first two and a half episodes. I found the second episode, with Rabbi David Wolpe to be particularly good. In fact, I went back and listened to it again this weekend.  I like what he has to say about it being up to humans to fix our unfair world, and also about how to handle loss.

The other thing that has been cheering me up lately is watching old comedy clips from British comedian Sarah Millican. Definitely not for the whole family, but her clips usually make me laugh and that's what I need right now!

OK, the floors are probably dry and it is time to go make lunch.

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