In exactly 4 hours and 2 minutes, Scott (hubby, Big Daddy, BD) will know whether or not he still has a job. A job at the company he’s been loyal to for 24 years.
Let’s get this straight. I am/we are not here to whine, moan or complain. No feel bad or sympathy comments allowed! We are GOOD!
BD has been in purgatory for about six months waiting for the final sentence, making plan B’s and crafting contingencies since the
stench whiff of “unification reorganization” painted the walls of his “cushy” corner office. A natural leader since birth, BD has generated almost a cult-like following of the dedicated people he has managed and directed for over two decades. He has never stooped to posture, take undue credit or whine about change. My hubby is the prime example of old-fashioned work ethic, morals and values. I definitely lucked out in the “choose the right man” category.
As 4 a.m. turned to 4:30, I realized that sleep would not return and my mind went to literature and writing technique (nerd alert!)
Being a science major, I was only required to take a minimum number of English and writing classes…most of which I tested out of and didn’t even get to take (insert frowny/pouty face). The strongest rule that stuck with me in the one writing class (business communication) that I took was the notion to use “active voice” when choosing verbs. Don’t let the verb happen to you…you happen to the verb.
Good advice in writing and in life, right?
Scott is not a passive man. He has remained active, focused and loyal as much as one can when faced with a life changing decision he has absolutely NO control over. To remain active while life ‘happens to him.’
As I laid in bed and watched the minutes tick off to twilight, I listed the passive verbs that riddle the employee in corporate America. Active in theory, passive in reality. It’s almost poetic..Something that e.e.cummings or Walt Whitman could successfully craft; but, since they aren’t here this morning, you’re stuck with me!
Life Verbs: a lesson in passive voice
Guess (again) (again) (again)
Thanks dear readers…needed to vent this morning.
In two hours and 2 minutes, we will know.
Don’t worry if you don’t hear from me. Whatever happens, we’ll be busy spending life in active voice.