I mentioned to my colleague today that this week has been going quite slower compared to the previous weeks. Dunno why, just a feeling maybe. But work has not slowed down. Still maybe there is not much pressure. Sabai sabai, as they say in Thai. Will see what the weekend holds. The following week we only have 3 working days as there is a long weekend due to a religious festival here. My husband and I were discussing where to go but since we are going to Singapore end of this month, we decided to just stay and rest. Take things easy. I bet not. There are lots of things to do. In and out of the office. So let’s see what happens.
July 10, 2008
July 7, 2008
Some changes are occurring in the workplace. Can’t say I am overjoyed with the turn out. I want out actually but the wisest thing to do now is to wait it out. Hmmm lots of outs here. Some say just be happy with your lot. My mind tells me something. But what is God saying? Glorify God in whatever you do. Wherever you are. So I think as long as I am here I just have to do my best, until that best won’t be good enough for all concerned. That depends on what standard they will base it on. I think when that time comes, God will make a way for me so that I can continue doing my best, for Him. Be it here still, or somewhere else. I have to keep my eyes, heart and ears open for His green light.
July 4, 2008
A timely verse for me here in the workplace. Lord, yes, please give me wisdom so I will know how to deal with difficulties and complications that arise as I do my work here in the office. Help me to be Christlike in my reactions and responses to harassment and other forms of oppression. I thank You for Your presence that reminds me to look up and soar beyond the situation, and to see the big picture. Thank you, Lord, for life is not just confined within the four walls of this office. There is a higher calling, and I need your wisdom to guide my thoughts so I will not be bogged down by the mundane things of everyday life. Open my eyes and heart to the many opportunities to bring glory to You by living as You want me to. Thank You that I am not alone here. You are with me.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all men generously and without reproaching, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting,for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways, will receive anything from the Lord”.James 1:5-8
June 20, 2008
Unlike what a certain book has said about the world being flat giving us endless and countless opportunities, when your bike is flat, you can go nowhere! Such is the case now when the concessionaire for bike services on campus moved out and a new one is yet to come, leaving a period (of more than a week) of no bike service. Many, including yours truly, are not able to add air into their bike tyres. In a community where more than 90% of the population uses bicycles, the absence of a bike service center is as noticeable as the absence of a Thai restaurant in a faraway land. If this situation goes on, we have to start thinking of a strategy to get to office still feeling fresh and nice, i.e. walking. Not bad in the early mornings or late afternoons, but other times, forget it. Either you sweat too much from the heat, or you get soaked by the heavy downpour. Thus, it’s welcome news when just now we received the announcement that the new bike shop concessionaire will open tomorrow, with a special mention that an air pump will be installed immediately. There, we do not have to walk to office anymore and arrive there all sweating and out of breath. But walking is good, but not when the sun is up there smiling in all its shining glory, or the skies frowning down and drenching us with the rain! Maybe we really need to walk more, then, to be fit.
June 6, 2008
Human noise is inevitable in the workplace. Indoor noise pollution is the end result of activities created by humans in disturbing the peace and quiet of a certain space. It has been well-known among users in a certain room here on campus that the level of pollution is high, affecting physical health of almost all users. Yet nothing has been done about it. It is also well-known in the past that despite the large number of users in this particular room, there is still quietness as everyone concentrates on his/her own work. When there needs to be some discussion, everyone can talk and participate. However, recently, a certain occurrence of indoor noise pollution has been observed. And the level is rising. This has led to others who are disturbed to do any of the following:
1. jam their ears with earplugs and listen to music, sometimes at a high volume to drown out the noise pollution;
2. leave the room and abandon whatever work that needs to be done;
3. transfer to another room such as the meeting room (if available) to do some work there – this is only possible if the person has his/her own notebook computer;
4. go for a coffee break (but you can only do this at most twice a day)!
There might be other ways to handle this issue. The best way is to let the noise polluters know that they are polluting the environment and to reduce the level of their noise. The dilemma is how to inform them in a way that will not create misunderstandings and other ballyhoo, leading to misinterpretations. To let them know that if they want to talk about things in their own language, or if they want to argue noisily, they can go out of the room and discuss it there. It is assumed that as professionals, people have to be considerate of the others especially in a tight space as this particular room, as all are here to work (hope so), and as a team people are working to achieve the same goals (hope hope so).
Can indoor noise pollution be a solid ground for leaving the job? If so, it’s now time to find a better job where people’s health is not endangered, and where there’s peace and quiet to be able to work efficiently.