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Topic: DIARY (05/16/19)
TITLE: Don't Be Like Carl
By Barbara Lynn Culler
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As a salaried employee, I had no set hours, working on-call all day, night and weekends. Some days far-exceeded the typical eight-hour shift and my physical and emotional well-being would take a beating. I was often blamed for issues that were not my fault, simply because I was the supervisor. I was not getting credited for all I did because I failed to remember it, so began documenting my labors in a handwritten work-only journal.
Although at times it was difficult, I only logged the facts and avoided added emotions that arose during a stressful event. Sometimes that was difficult. I was wise enough to know that the writings in the notebooks could be used as evidence or proof of what I did or did not do, should it come to that. I knew better than to write something that could later be used against me, especially angry ramblings and name calling. In the wise words of Judge Marilyn Milian on the TV show The People’s Court:
“Write it, regret it; say it, forget it.”
No, I would not risk having my written words come back to haunt me. Most of the time, I was able to control my feelings as I charted my day, but every once in a while, the anger or frustrations would rapidly flow through my pen as I wrote out the daily events. My handwriting became sloppy, and a word or emotion would slip in. When the situation was especially upsetting, I would redirect my feelings to my personal journal where I was allowed to express it all, unedited and unfiltered.
I can only imagine what would happen if I wrote out my uncensored reactions to what occurred on an especially upsetting day, and it was available for management and co-workers to see. The story might play out something like this …
Once upon a time, there was a young man who had no common-sense filter in expressing his thoughts and feelings. Carl kept a current events blog that was posted on social media for all to see, and he craved more and more followers. Carl penned whatever he felt like writing, and it did not matter who he offended, insulted or hurt in his pursuit of being the most popular blogger.
One time, Carl blogged about his bad day at work:
“After having to work all night outside my job description, I had only one hour of sleep and then, can you believe this, that idiot boss of mine called to say I was shirking my responsibilities, and gave me even more work to do! I refuse to do more of his ridiculous bidding and I despise this job! My boss is such a jerk. Surely there’s some nepotism going on, for how does he even professionally qualify for being the chief executive? More like chief jerk! …”
Carl ranted on about his perceived wrongs and how he believed his boss to be an inept buffoon.
Well, as expected, the boss read the blog, and Carl was fired. He had not considered that there would be repercussions from putting his frustrations in writing for anyone to read. He cared not about the consequences of his words, and he paid the price.
Fortunately, I no longer work at that job, but I’ve kept those journals…just in case. Keeping a work journal was very helpful in documenting events on the job, and I often referred to them to recall what happened on a particular day. However, I know for certain that there were no incriminating words in my writings because I did not want to be like Carl.
“Like apples of gold in settings of silver Is a word spoken in right circumstances.” Proverbs 25:11(NASB)
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