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An interesting week or so, and one which has set me thinking on that much-misused phrase, "count your blessings". I've been hearing versions of it all my life, and the interesting observation I find myself musing on is that the phrase is almost always used by those in positions of authority- the rich, the powerful, the healthy, pick your own epithet.
"There are plenty of others working here with health issues, and you wouldn't know it from talking to them" was the phrase which set me thinking this time. The tail end of the annual appraisal- whatever they might call it where you work!- it only struck me after just what was being implied (my Aspie nature being what it is, I rarely read between the lines in real time): that I should simply shut up and soldier on. An interesting thing to say to anyone, let alone a chap who has worked (though I say it myself) **** well all year, no time off, no days in late, not one day when the work and more was not completed, not even one instance when I did not do all that was asked of me and more- and the only time I point out my health issues is in the review when it SHOULD be spoken about!
Interesting, hey? I do wonder what was being justified: the rating given of simply adequate as opposed to exceeds expectations, the constant preference of the threat of stick over the promise of carrot, or simply being in charge and in health by mere luck?
Yes, I'm having a bit of a moan- but hey, no-one has to read a word of this- and probably few ever will!
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