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Some people will always try to do their best at everything they do both at work and in their personal life.

Some will make sure they adhere to the policies and procedures of their employer.

Some people will always do all they can to do as little work as they possibly can, and in doing so will stretch policies and procedures to their limit.

Some people see sickness absence as additional days holiday that they are entitled to each year, even if they aren’t unwell.

Do those that try and do as little work as possible realise the impact their lack of application has on their colleagues?

Stretching policies and procedures to their limits, results in the policies and procedures being tightened so means the majority who haven’t abused the system, end up being penalised.

Taking sickness absence when not unwell or claiming to be more unwell or unfit for work than you actually are again impacts on your work colleagues.

What makes all these things worse, is when those concerned

  • are oblivious to the impact their actions have on their colleagues;
  • have no shame it openly lying about their circumstances or the severity of their illness;
  • make no attempt to try and return to work;

Let’s be honest, we all know or have known people who take advantage of rules/regulations or policies/procedures. It can be very annoying for those who have not abused the system, and find themselves watching while those with much lesser need lie and stretch the rules just so they can claim all the non-working time or sickness absence they possibly can.

It’s sad when people feel they it’s ok to exaggerate the truth (i.e. lie) just so they can personally benefit. But have you noticed how it’s always these people who always feel they’ve been hard done by, and have been victimised? They are definitely not the victims

  • those who have to pick up the work of those who fail to do their job are the victims.
  • the victims are those who end up not getting paid leave in the future, because policies and procedures are changed because a small number of people abuse the rules.
  • their work colleagues are the victims as ultimately your organisation may be unable to meet work deadlines because of absences, so they end up having to make people redundant.

If you are one of those who have abused the rules, I hope this post makes you stop and think about the impact your actions have on yourself and your organisation. Your actions can cost jobs and demotivates your colleagues.

 

I’ve found myself finding I’ve run out of time to complete or do a few things in the last few weeks, and it’s been frustrating. It been particularly frustrating as these deadlines weren’t imposed at the last minute, but were in fact planned at least a week beforehand.

The problem has been that for several of the tasks, I delayed started them because I felt I still had plenty of time to complete them. Unfortunately, as time went on, I ended up with other tasks to do as well, which moved the planned tasks further down my priority list, but I still thought I had plenty of time to do them.

Don’t keep putting off sorting out your future because you think there’s still plenty of time to sort that out. We don’t know what lies ahead of us, so if something is important to you, make sure you get that sorted out as soon as you can, that way you limit the change of running out of time to do it.

Our relationship with God is similar, as we only have our time here on earth to sort out our future with God. So I encourage you to ‘sort out’ your future with God, by giving your heart to him, and ensuring your future is decided.

In a recent conversation with someone we were talking about our frustrations at trying to get some specific tasks completed. During that conversation the person spoke about how they had agreed to take on the task because they felt they would be able to make a difference in other people’s lives by doing so.

Unfortunately that person has now found out that there are so many constraints on what they’re allowed to do, that they’re now questioning their decision agree to do the task. I felt so sorry for this person as you could see the passion and drive that they had when they first agreed to do the task, had slowly been drained from them. They were now questioning why they were still even trying to do the task.

The sad thing is, I know this person would, and could make a huge difference in others lives if they were allowed to get on with the task in hand without others unjustly putting obstacles in their way. Oh how the devil likes to wear us down doesn’t he?

We can be stronger than the devil when we’re challenged or frustrated by putting our trust firmly in God. If we give God all our frustrations, and all our challenges, God will help us get His work done by guiding us through those difficult times.

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. ~ Benjamin Franklin

Preparation definitely is important for everything we do

  • Would you sit your driving test without first having driving lessons?
  • Would you go on stage as a concert pianist without learning to play the piano, and spending hours and hours practicing?
  • Would you rewire our house without being trained as an electrician?

Just as we must prepare or train so we can be successful in the tasks we undertake, so we must prepare ourselves so we are receptive to God. We cannot be true Christians without preparing our heart for God.

To do that we must clear out our hearts and minds of all thoughts, words and deeds that do not reflect God. We must give all our worries and stresses to God and leave them with Him. Only then will be truly be ready for God to be at the centre of all we do. So if you life is not ready for God today, start preparing your life and your heart today.

Can you remember, exactly where and what you were doing at this time last year?

There’s not a lot of dates and times in my life I can tell you with certainty where and what I was doing at that time, but I know exactly where I was at this time last year – I was in hospital, in ICU (intensive care unit), having had life saving surgery earlier in the day.

From about 7/7.30 am that morning when I was wheeled into pre-theatre and anaesthetised, I actually have no recollection of anything, other than a few weird dreams, until 2 days later! I’m told I was awake and had conversations with the medical staff and my husband later on the day of my surgery and the following days, although as I said I have no recollection of any of this until 2 days after my op.

It’s been a very difficult year physically as it’s taken a lot of very hard work to get me to where I am today in my recovery. The surgery has definitely made a difference to me, as I now feel much better than I have done for a while, but I still have to remember that my body is still recovering from the trauma of the surgery.

Emotionally it’s been odd, as both in the lead up to my op and even the morning of my op, I was quite surprised how calm and at peace I felt. However in the lead up to this first anniversary, it seems to have really hit me the enormity of what I’ve been through. I’m just grateful that God still had plans for me this time last year, and just pray I make the most of this added time He has given me.

In the last few weeks a particular song going through my mind a lot in the last few months – It is well performed by Philippa Hanna. The words of one of the verses in particular important to me

Far be it from me to not believe
Even when my eyes can’t see
And this mountain that’s in front of me
Will be thrown into the midst of the sea

Through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
Through it all, through it all
It is well

I’ve found myself using the phrase, ‘In the new world’, quite frequently in the last few weeks. There’s a lot of change going on in life just now so trying to accept and prepare for how things may be in the future, hence my ‘in the new world’ phrase, can be difficult.

That’s why I’m very grateful for God’s presence in my life in these days. As although life ‘In the new world’ and what that may mean for me, is still very uncertain, I do feel reassured that God has my future under control, because I know he has already planned my future.

If we trust in God, whatever our ‘new world’ or future holds, we can be assured that we are in His hands.

Have you ever come across a quote or a picture, which you feel describes you perfectly? Well I came across this picture a few days ago, and it struck a chord with me – I know I have made mistakes in the past which I truly regret, and as I said Spotlight yesterday, I wish I could just delete some of these mistakes from my past, but I can’t.

I know there are those who do treat me in a way that suggests they still hold my past mistakes against me, even though some may have happened a number of years ago. In the last 15 years my life I have faced some life changing situations, and because of that my faith had become stronger than it’s ever been. And because of that I know I am a completely different person now than I was 15 years ago and most definitely a different person than I was 30 years ago. Maybe that’s why this picture struck a chord with me!

Time passes, people change, so forgive those who have hurt you or made mistakes that have affected you in the past. Have a look at yourself, I’m sure you’re not the same person today as you were 10 or 20 years ago, so I’m sure you wouldn’t want others to hold your past mistakes against you, so don’t hold other’s past mistakes against them, forgive and move on.

I shared some thoughts about how critical we are of ourselves a couple of week’s ago, in my blog post called Critic – please have a read of that too.

When you look in the mirror, who or what do you see? A loving caring person your love or someone you hardly recognise that you’re not particularly fond of?

We all have feeling and opinions about others, as well as about ourselves. Sadly for many of us, we are more likely to be harder on ourselves, or less positive about ourselves, than we are about other people. Why is that, when we know ourselves much better than we know others?

I know for myself as a perfectionist, I do set my expectations of myself higher, because if I can’t meet my  targets/expectations, how can I expect others to?

I came across this quote recently, and it is a great reminder that we really shouldn’t be so hard on ourselves, but instead be positive about what we do achieve, just as we would (or should do) with other’s achievements.

I often listen to music in my car from on usb drive. It’s got thousands of music tracks on it, and I tend to just play things randomly so I never really can predict what I’m going to hear next.

Last week on my way to work the song The best is yet to come by Mike and the Mechanics, came on, and although it’s not a Christian song, I felt as though the words of the song were God himself talking to me. It’s an upbeat song, and as it was on my way to work I heard this, I found it actually raised my spirits and really set me up for the day.

I hope you too will find the song and these words uplifting – Just listen to the song and imagine God is speaking the words to you.

Are there days when you’re feeling
Days when you’re feeling down?
And you’re looking for hope but
Hope can not that be found?
Are there nights when you’re falling
Nights when you’re falling fast?
Can you take a hold of my hand
Let go of the past?
Can I take a hold of your heart?
That’s all I ask

And if you say yeah
You give it one more chance
You see, the best is yet to come
And if you say yeah
The future’s in your hands
The best is yet to come

If there’re times you’re the winner
Times you’re the loser too
Are there times when you question
Everything you knew?
I don’t want you to give up
Don’t you give up now
Gotta keep your feet on the ground
And your head in the clouds
Can you just be true to yourself
And make me proud?

And if you say yeah
You give it one more chance
You see, the best is yet to come
And if you say yeah
The future’s in your hands
The best is yet to come

Have you ever had a time at work where week after week, something happens that means you get diverted from the tasks that you planned to do, to do something else? Over the last month or so, that seems to be happening to me every week. Not only that, but the task I get diverted onto, are never quite as straightforward as they first seem, and so end up taking up much more of my time than anyone imagined.

What’s not helped for me, is that between annual leave and sickness absence in my team, there’s only ever been me and one of my team members working each day, for the last month. This has just meant that no matter how hard we try, we’ve not really managed to get through the work that I’d planned for us to do in June or July.

Even on Friday something which on the face of it looked like a task that would take an afternoon to do at the most, ended up uncovering another issue, which will need further analysis before deciding the best way to fix it.

There is good news though, as this week my team are back to three, as one of my team will be back from their summer holiday. So here’s hoping there’s no more unexpected issues, and we can finally get on with the work that I’d planned for us to do!