31 People(s): Coworkers

So, sometimes when I’m lacking in the writing mojo I google quotes for whatever it is I want to talk about. Today I’m talking about coworkers, so I googled “coworker quotes.” As it turns out, not a lot of people have positive things to say about coworkers. This is indeed sad, and for sure we’ve all been there, but if you want a little chuckle do a google images or Pinterest search for coworker quotes, particularly SomeEcards ones. I can’t quote most of the things I read there here, but for kicks I have to share my favorite.

“Co-workers are like Christmas lights. They all hang together but half of them don’t work and the other half aren’t so bright.” 

I’d be lying if I said all my coworkers at my current job, or any job ever, all made me feel warm and fuzzy feelings. Facts are facts and you just connect with some people and don’t connect with others. I had a quite unpleasant day at work today, and though I’d take some satisfaction in complaining about that, the purpose of this post is to talk about the bright lights found at work. Another one of the facts of life is that sometimes work is just work. Sometimes it is just a means to an end called a paycheck. I think there are glorious days after working our tails off to do everything we can to chase dreams when the stars align and work doesn’t feel as work-like. But I think even when we have dream jobs, work-like days happen! The truth is, nothing – not a dream job, not a husband, not fancy things – can satisfy like Jesus. And this place isn’t our home. So we’re always going to long for home! And, if your work place is toxic, it’s okay to get out. It is. I promise! AND, work isn’t life. IT’S NOT! It’s one of the things you do so that you can live your life and pay bills and eat yummy food and hang out with friends and take care of your family, but IT IS NOT LIFE. But here’s what I also know, wherever we are, now and in the future, we are there for a season for a specific reason and there are people there who need to be loved! And there are people there who are pretty dang lovable if you take the time to see them that way. My former RD coworkers (super lovable peeps) will be getting there own post soon, but today I want to take the time to tell you about other coworkers past and mostly present, who are easy to love and make my work days more livable.

First a flash back to the past and my first “real” job! I was a social work case manager for a little over a year. It was pretty terrible and exhausting and not everyone I worked with was easy to love, but there was one bright light! We bonded over our love for fictional vampires (you know, as opposed to the real ones) and she looked out for me like no one else did. She invited me into her family and really saw me as a friend, not just a coworker. In that season of life, I needed a friend like that! We’ll call her C and I wouldn’t have survived that job without her.

Now to my current job! Things aren’t always rosy (when are they ever anywhere??), but there are some beautiful souls that I work with that I’ve grown quite fond of who have helped me survive in more ways than one. C was with me for the first year, but got married and left me! She was my first new work friend. We had so many things in common and bonded quickly. I’m sad she’s gone, but I’m so happy for her new adventures! K is a bright shining light! She can handle my tears, she’s funny, she’s always a listener, she genuinely cares about me and so many others, and she keeps things lively. She’s an amazing mom and incredibly smart. I kind of see her as my work big sister. She cares about my success and believes in me! S1 is so sassy and hilarious. She keeps everyone in line, she does WAY more than seems humanly possible, she is a force to be reckoned with, and if I had to fight a battle I’d want her on my team. She sometimes tries to pretend she doesn’t love us as much as we love her, but we all know she’s just hiding it. D is kind and gentle. She’s quite and calm. She manages way more things than I could imagine handling and does so with grace and no complaints! S2 is another workhorse! I have no idea how she balances all the things on her plate, but she does! She puts up with a lot, is always eager to learn new things, and let me teach her how to budget, which is one of my favorite things ever! F is so funny and endearing and has an incredible work ethic! She likes me way more than she should! She lost her mom recently and we’ve gotten to bond over the loss of a parent like only people who have grieved can. And then there are the Js. The Js are my hall mates and have looked out for me since day one! They are two of four men in an office of fifteen females! I like to secretly think of them as my work big brothers. They are calming presences, always even-keeled, protective, really smart, and I love working on their side of the building. J1 is unaffected by any problems that come his way, has such a beautiful family, is so down to earth, and is an impressive problem solver. J2 is talented, ridiculously smart, super witty, so kind to students, and an advocate for marginalized people.

I do my best to love all my coworkers. I challenge myself to pray for them and write notes and give happies. Even when work is just work, people still matter. People ALWAYS matter. I pray everyday that the Holy Spirit would give me supernatural motivation to do my job to the best of my ability, let me be a loving presence, let me make a difference in people’s lives, and do the hard work of reacting and loving and working like Jesus would. I don’t always succeed at all of those thing (or any of those things), but I’d like to think I do some days and that God is glorified by obedience and a heart that longs to do good.

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This is part of my 31 People(s) I Love series. I’ll be writing about 31 people/peoples that I adore! Click here if you would like a list of all the posts in this series.

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