Across the United States, too many of us are looking ahead to Monday morning and the start of a new work week with some trepidation, and in some cases, even dread. While Americans seem to like their jobs more today than in previous years; there’s still enough misery accompanying Monday morning than is optimal.
The reasons for the Monday-morning dread are likely as diverse as those of us who will join tomorrow’s commute, but there is also a high likelihood that contending with miserable people and the havoc they wreak ranks at the top of the list.
We’ve all worked with or for someone who was a terror at some point in our careers. Hopefully, we’ve never been that person, although by virtue of your interest in this blog, if you were, my guess is that the behavior is in the past (and that’s a good thing).
While the general atmosphere in many workplaces has shifted toward a kinder, gentler norm there are still pockets of people who long for and work to promote the old days where power and terror were the watchwords of each week.
We may sometimes entertain a brief fantasy about getting back at our tormentors, but those of us on a spiritual path understand the concept of karma, so we don’t generally “go there“. We also know that the person spreading all the pain and suffering is hurting themselves most of all. We need only stay in peace, and stay out of their way; the misery they spread will sit at their feet and remain with them until they decide to change.
Knowing this helps – a little. Depending on the other circumstances and how strong we feel, we may roll with these kind of “enemies” at work they way we tolerate flies at a picnic: we don’t like them and wish they would go away, but they’re not going to ruin our picnic. Still, some of us may feel vulnerable and uncertain that the Good we are knowing and affirming is close enough to save us from weekly torment or even an uncertain fate.
This is where a visit to your friendly neighborhood Center or church on Sunday morning can come in handy. I’ve written many blogs on the shifting demographics and the societal changes that are impacting Sunday church/center attendance, but one thing I haven’t mentioned is how often the perfect message shows up at the perfect time and on Sunday morning.
In fairness, when we’re tuned into Spirit, we don’t need to be sitting in a certain place to get divine downloads, but it certainly ups the probability that we’ll hear something inspiring.
This morning I heard this passage from Isaiah:
11 Behold, all who are incensed against you shall be put to shame and confounded; those who strive against you shall be as nothing and shall perish.
12 You shall seek those who contend with you, but you shall not find them;
those who war against you shall be as nothing at all.
In fairness, had I not been working (I am working as an Organist right now) I may have slept in and missed this wisdom today. But as life more often unfolds for me now, I didn’t miss it: and as Florence Scovel Shinn reminds us, the words came to me “over a calm sea, under grace and in perfect ways“.
No matter who is bothering us at work or in life, we can take comfort in these words and know that anyone incensed against us will be put to shame and confounded; and that anyone who strives against us will be as nothing (think flies at a picnic) and shall perish (I read this as be removed from my experience).
And the best part: those who war against me shall be as nothing at all. And if they are nothing at all, I can enjoy my weekend, look forward to another peaceful and productive work week and walk away from work-week worries.
And so it is.
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