Each Friday, I post Flashback Friday, where I use St. Ignatius of Loyola’s Examen as a guide and usually ask the following questions: For what are you least grateful this past week? For what are you most grateful this past week?
Extra work: In my real life, I am a correspondent for a daily newspaper and this past week, I had extra work as the result of the full-time staff writer for our area being on vacation. As someone who is “accustomed” to working two part-time jobs (I also work as a librarian assistant at the local library), I won’t lie that working wall-to-wall hours was a little tiring. However, also a few curveballs were thrown my way, with one meeting time and date that was changed and another meeting that was recessed from Monday night to Wednesday afternoon. Such is the nature of the news business when you’re a full-time staff writer, you never know what life is going throw at you and is one of the reasons I no longer am a full-time newspaper writer or editor, among too many to elaborate here without using four-letter words.
So as far as that all went, I wasn’t grateful for the extra work. Naturally, though, because of the extra work, I was, and am, grateful for the extra work, because it does mean extra money. Who’s going to turn down extra money for a little bit of extra time and effort? Um, anyone, anyone? I didn’t think so. A secondary and more altruistic reason that I am grateful is because I was able to assist the full-time staff writer in getting some much needed time off. I’ve been there, I’ve done that and I know how much that time is needed away from the job. If you don’t have it, you go crazy. Yes, as that full-time staff writer — and any person in the newspaper business would readily admit — you still might go crazy even with the vacation you get, but that vacation does make the job slightly more palatable than it might have been before the vacation.
On the subject of extra work, I might be finding myself working at the library a little more too as the result of a coworker leaving there for another job. I am also grateful for that opportunity. Unfortunately, it might mean giving up some volunteer hours at the senior center with delivering home meals. However, bottom line: I don’t get paid for that and as cruel as it might sound, I have to go where the money, even if it’s a small amount extra, it all helps my wife and me stay afloat, so to speak.
So for what are you least grateful and most grateful this past week? Does have it anything to do with your work? Or are you enjoying a much needed vacation yourself from your work and how grateful are you for that?