Taking the Bad with the Good

Two signs: one says "good" and the other "bad"

I love autumn!

The recent drop in temperature here in Wisconsin was a reminder that cooler temperatures are soon to be the norm. I had a smile on my face as I broke out the turtleneck and sweatshirt for its first use of the season. So many things to look forward to:

  • visiting the apple orchard and pumpkin patch,
  • hay rides,
  • enjoying the splashes of colors on the trees and the ground as leaves change and then fall,
  • crunching through dried leaves as my family and I take walks, filling our lungs with the crisp air,
  • football season (Go Packers!),
  • drinking mulled apple cider and hot chocolate,
  • sitting around the fire in our fire pit, feeling its warmth in contrast to the coolness on our backs…

I could go on and on.

But I also happened to glance down at my hand. A white haze seemed to be covering it, so I brushed it lightly with my other hand. I felt the scratchiness of dry skin. Not already, I moaned inwardly.

As it’s been for the past several years, my hands dry out as the humidity drops. And I hate it. The constant application and reapplication of lotions, the greasy feel that never seems to go away, and the inevitable painful cracks in my skin that appear despite my efforts. I’ve tried a myriad of moisturizers, and this still seems to be my fate.

Despite that one problem, autumn continues to be my favorite season. Too many wonderful aspects of fall outweigh the presence of the one thing that annoys me.

Do you face a similar situation at work?

You love everything your job entails: how it fully uses your knowledge and talents, the sense of satisfaction you get from doing good work, the overall corporate culture, your boss. It’s a wonderful fit on so many levels.

BUT… you may have a co-worker who you don’t get along with at all, or the supervisor from a different department keeps trying to mix it up and make things difficult for you and your colleagues. They can be a real pain to deal with, to be sure, but are they reason enough to look for a different job?

Only you can answer that question, as there are varying degrees to which they may interfere (e.g. if your boss, who is a nice person, doesn’t seem to do much to support the team in the face of the other supervisor actions, how good of a boss is s/he?) Will things really be better at a different job? Or is there always something (or someone) else that bothers you?

If that last question rings true for you, perhaps you should consider whether you are you being overly fussy with some minor aspect of work that feels like, well, work. Trying to find the elusive “perfect” position is an exercise in futility; you will never find it because it doesn’t exist. There is always something that falls short of expectations.

To be sure: I am not suggesting that you should put up with a dysfunctional situation. If you dread going into work and find yourself ticking off a huge laundry list of what is not working with your job, it may be time to consider something else.

But just be certain you are not setting yourself up for disappointment in your career by having unrealistic ideas of what it should and should not be.

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