Two Letters

Dear Future Me,

Did you know that the word “gullible” isn’t in the dictionary? Gotcha!

But seriously, that is just the lesson I want you to learn. Don’t. Be. So. Gullible. That is to say, don’t try to get your love at work. You know what “they” say: “It’s called work for a reason. If it was fun, they’d call it something else.” If you’ve learned anything from past disappointments, it’s that, ultimately, people at work should be just that — people at work.

It’s fine and well and good to be friendly with your colleagues. It certainly makes the work environment/atmosphere more palatable, but in the end, you’re there to work. So don’t be concerned if you don’t get on with everyone. It’s not a popularity contest. Just focus on getting your work done.

Think back to when you were a reporter. No matter how uninteresting the article was or irritating your sources were, you always got the story done. Because you were passionate about getting the story and beating the competition. You didn’t care so much about or for your fellow reporters. It was a bit lonely back then, because you were single. But those days are behind you now. You’re married with wonderful friend and family connections, so on some level, loneliness is a moot point.

At work, people are in it for themselves and the same should be true for you. There is no reason, especially if you are going to remain a volunteer, that you need to be in it for any larger purpose. Be passionate about what you do, enjoy what you do, learn as much as you can and let the chips fall where they may when it comes to making friends.

There will be other new and wonderful people to meet at new volunteer opportunities. The future is ripe with possibility. So just stay focused in the now on what matters, which is making a contribution and being fulfilled by your effort.


Dear Past Self,

Thanks for the tip. You’ve been giving me that same advice for a long time now and you may have noticed that I have yet to actually take it. Still I appreciate the counsel.

To be fair, for Blogfest 2012, I have some advice of my own for you: Don’t. Count. On. It.

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1 Comment

  1. I like how you wrote your future self FIRST and replied back to your past self. I don’t think anyone else did that–and it is clever. I wouldn’t expect anything less from reading you though.

    Funny, how we rarely take our own advice.

    Cheers, Jenn


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