I’m the first person to find a way to complain about my life, my job, my earnings, my house, my boat (or lack thereof), my summer home (or lack thereof), and on and on and on. I’m getting better about that, though. I think to some extent that comes with age, maturity, and self-confidence. Isn’t it crazy, though, how perspective changes every thing? Have you been paying attention to what’s going on down in Haiti? Have you seen the images of destitute, death, destruction, helplessness? It is unbelievable to me that in this age we have parts of this world that suffer these conditions. And I’ve lived in India. What makes this even more f’d up is when I come into the office and hear someone complaining about their job. Are you kidding me? You HAVE a job…and a paycheck…and a house…with electricity…and running water…and most likely your health. WTF are you talking about? Take a moment and really think about it…seriously.
So I propose that the rest of January is Shut up for Haiti Month. Work really hard to stop complaining about your job for just two more weeks. Recognize how lucky you really are. And save everyone else from your ignorance of what really matters. And although I’m a sympathetic and empathetic HR guy, if you complain over the next two weeks, I’m not listening. PASS IT ON! #ShutUpForHaiti