Sunday, October 30, 2016
Sunday, October 23, 2016
To summarize, this ER physician, speaking at a conference of nurses and doctors about burnout, said "It's just a job."
I think his purpose in this statement was to say that if you get so consumed by your work, burnout is the likely result.
He was met with more than a little hostility.
You see, truth be told, those of us "in the field" feel a bit special.
We often look at our "profession' as more than a job, as a "vocation."
I have written about this often.
I feel it too.
The truth is that I also feel the same passion about my work as a unionist.
I feel fighting for "the little guy," "the working class." has dignity and brings more fulfillment than "just a job.".
As I have come to know union members in education and public service, I have come to believe that they also feel that their "work" is also their "vocation," and I can see and totally agree that it is.
I'll be honest, I have had jobs earlier in my life that have felt like "just jobs."
Nothing wrong with that, they provided for my family.
When I found nursing though, I felt fulfilled, and I continue with that fulfilled feeling in my union work.
But looking back, I have always felt a certain sense of pride in any job well done, whether I was working in a textile mill, a lumberyard, or elsewhere.
When I built airplanes, I knew my knowledge, my skill, and my caring, literally made a difference in people's safety.
And certainly, the person picking vegetables in the hot sun is providing just as valuable service to society as the nurse and doctor.
On the other hand. I have known people in nursing and unionism who "mailed it in."
Perhaps all "jobs" can be "vocations."
Perhaps., as the old saying goes.....
All work has dignity.
Perhaps, it is how we approach our work that matters.
Maybe that's what defines if "it's just a job."
And perhaps, those of us who feel "special" because of what we do, should get over it and realize that it is both a "vocation" and "just a job" at the same time.
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Sunday, October 9, 2016
Friday, October 7, 2016
Thursday, October 6, 2016
Having gelato in Venice is pretty cool!
Let's face it, just being in Venice is pretty cool.
We took a walking tour of Venice on day 2, including St Mark's Square. Our guide was a native, and as such, had lots of local insights to share.
One thing she pointed out was an area of water in the square. Without her explanation, I would have taken it to be rainwater but she explained it was seawater seeping up from below at high tide. This is becoming a more frequent problem over the last few years she stated.
As we were walking back to catch the shuttle boat that would take us back to our ship, we ducked into a small shop and found our gelato!
Now we say goodbye Italy for a few days. On to Croatia.