The title of this posting looks redundant so let me sound it out for you. It's "Job (as in robe) or job (as in rob)"?

The word 'rob' was chosen not just for its similar sound but because that's what a job sometimes seems to do  Rob us, of our time, joy, freedom. Ironic, since we are paid to do our jobs, most of the time, and yet, it often seems like we pay for our jobs in subtle and not so subtle ways. Which gets me to Job, the guy from the Bible who did nothing wrong but boy oh boy did he suffer. And then some.  

Do you think it's a coincidence that Job and job are spelled the same? I don't. 

So how to make one's job less Job-like. Hmmm. For starters gratitude. Appreciating anything and everything you can will do wonders for your outlook. You'll look better too. Keep your eyes open for those little signs of good, be a "good" detective. Get out your mental magnifying glass and focus on the kindness, patience, humor of your office mates and clients. I know what you're thinking. (Really, I do). You're thinking, you haven't been to my office. You don't know what it's like. The pressure, the rivalry, the gossip, etc. and blah blah blah. Yep. Been there, worked there, or somewhere like that.  But you don't have to work there. And by that I mean you can change your view. You'll be amazed at how much a change in view will change not only you, but others too.  

It's a bit like working out. When you first start exercising, it's all oooh nooooooo! In your head and in your body. But if you persist, gradually, inevitably, it gets a little better, then a little bit more better and suddenly, hey! I'm actually enjoying this. Working out, going to work. Why? Because I changed my thinking about it. I can hate it or I can love it. My choice entirely. Yours too.

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