I have spoken on the record (and been called out in public) about wishing the circumstances of my life and employment would allow me to be ruder.
It’s not that I am a coarse person, but not worrying about people’s feelings and societal norms would selfishly allow me to get more done in less time.
Yes, I will also say on my death bed that I would have wish I would have worked more, but I’ll put my foot in my mouth over that one later.
But what happens thankfully enough to keep my more productive rudeness from taking over is the need to slow things down to a crawl because of my co-workers.
This week, everyone that worked on campus had to sign up to take a Covid-19 test before returning to work next week. A simple process: go to a website on a computer, fill out your info, wait for an email to confirm your appointment.
Only our cleaning crew don’t have daily access to a computer. No problem, we have spare laptops for train days we can set up.
And most of them aren’t good at navigating computers and typing. No problem, it’s slow because most staff is working remotely. I can help them fill it out.
And some don’t have email because they have no want or need for email. Okay, we can make up one for the occasion just to get this task done. No problem.
There were a few more and’s to deal with, and all of them were extremely doable at the moment. No real problem, other than me not being able to put on an air of impatience with people who were extremely patient with me as I helped them put in their paperwork.
On this Thanksgiving, despite the consistent suck that has been this year, I am thankful that I am not dealing with the extended suck from last year. And the year before that. And the year before that.
I am also extremely thankful, oddly enough, of the many time daily. I am reminded that my desire to be more of a jerk is not going to fly. While it does make getting stuff done a lot harder to accomplish, it keeps me humble and human. Two things that many people that are living in this moment are having hard times doing.
What are you thankful for today? Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know.