I'm slacking I know. "Where are the daily updates, Mimi?" you're asking. "Why do you hate us?"
No you're not! You have lives! :)
So today's Wonder Why Wednesday is all about making mountains out of molehills. While everyone's entitled to a good freak-out now and again, for the most part if it's not something you can personally fix your very own self... don't worry about it. I mean, what can you do? You can be sympathetic, even empathetic, but really...
Can you fix it?
This stems from today's office meeting, wherein we discussed the various OMG WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN parts of our flailing (not failing!) budget. Higher Education takes a big hit when this kind of thing happens (sad but true), and we're feeling the crunch. They haven't really finished deciding what kind of ick we're really in for just yet, but they will soon enough...
And until then, why worry?
That translates to the rest of us as well... whatever it is you're tense about today, ask yourself the important question... Can you fix the problem? If you can, well by all means get to it. But if you can't... well, sometimes you just have to say "oh well" and have a nice cup of something hot and call a friend for a chat about nothing in particular. It's all you can do, and you'll feel better once you've done it. I promise.
Side note... having aired my views on this feeling of negativity in our department at the meeting, I got a lovely email from a co-worker:
"Oh goddess of the workplace... Thanks for the enlightened reminders that the budgetary issues are out of our control so don't stress and that most of the scientists are well behaved. Once again, everytime you open your mouth something good, smart or funny falls out. I appreciate it! Jen"
Is that the nicest email ever?? I said thank you, and I'm totally keeping it.
Peace... and I mean that.