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A reckoning

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One of the things the pandemic brought out was how many jobs that are so difficult, yet are so poorly paid and or appreciated. It’s also caused a reckoning in the people themselves that work those jobs. And a lot of them have evaluated them and said no more.

Sunset Folly Quarter Road Photo by Mike Hartley

The new entitlement and freedom and just flip attitudes make working in any public-facing job a nightmare. I really feel for those people and try hard to treat everyone with respect. I’m constantly surprised at the strength of some individuals taking the abuse. No job would prevent me from taking action if I was on the receiving end.

And yes I know I don’t have the patience for those situations therefore I work in an environment where there is a code of conduct and you don’t even think of approaching any of the behaviors seen in public. It’s only a matter of time before people start taking action because some individuals can be so disruptive that it puts everyone on the edge of the action.

It’s already happened on a number of flights where passengers are either becoming directly responsible for restraining others or part of the team that does. And really we all might be put in this position it seems because the trend is not good and it’s moving fast.

Folly Quarter Road in the fall. Photo by Mike Hartley

And this isn’t going away. Service and the supply chain could get worse. Lots of people are retiring and the recent two years have only accelerated that process for many. Some of those jobs don’t have skilled people waiting. Things like trucking, tradesmen, and other heavy industries. Also healthcare, teaching and Let alone the service industries. Everyone has already noticed it or encounters it daily. Lines are longer if you can get what you need in the first place.

Again it’s another test of how we will respond together. Maybe we can start making some more things here in this country. Maybe we can try to maintain our civility. Maybe we can show our children that we can in difficult times find our way again.

I’ll start by working on my own patience. And to promote calm I’ll add a few images with this rather downer rant.

Looking north on Folly Quarter Road. Photo by Mike Hartley

Random Thoughts of the Evening

  • Feels good to surpase a goal I set myself earlier today.
  • I love my Son’s dogs dearly. And I enjoyed the hell out of watching them the last few days. But I would need a fenced in yard because I don’t like cold, or wet. Of course the exercise walking them was good for us. And I won’t forget their love.
  • It can’t be another work week looking me in the face.
  • It’s ok to like your own work. Just don’t get too attached to what you have done or you limit what you can do.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

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