Rising Above

Whisper whisper whisper whisper……..

This is a common sound in my office.  The whispering of gossip and spit-talking emanates from just about every office.  You can get sucked in by it all, which is dangerous business.  The person providing you with the low-down on what is being said about you is just as likely to turn and spill their guts about anything you’ve shared in confidence with them.  Or, you can rise above and ignore it all.  By doing so, you alienate yourself and appear to be stuck up or bitter.  It’s a lose-lose situation.  For years, I fed into the negativity.  Lately, I have chosen the latter option.  I now have only one true friend at work, and that is okay.  Every morning I pray to God for the strength to have a good day, to stay positive, and to not backslide into everyone’s messiness.  And every day I both succeed and fail to some degree.  But, I truly am putting forth the effort.  It is downright exhausting.  I come home every day feeling like I have gone through battle.  Every day I endure scathing looks and the whisper whisper whispering when I leave a room.  Though it may seem unlikely, choosing the role of office outcast is rewarding.  I feel less like a lowlife slug than I used to.  Not having to keep up with who said what to who is very freeing.  And, not giving a hoot whether or not you’re liked is also liberating.

I know I should get away from this place altogether.  I hear it all the time.  But, I do have a decade and a half invested in this place, and it pays the bills.  So, there you have it.  Who knew that bullying wasn’t just for playgrounds?

Three cheers to all my fellows who grind away in soul-sucking environments and manage to rise above!!

Peace and filing cabinet grease!

Song of the day:

Stolen Dance by Milky Chance.  I find this song all-consuming.  I can be having a conversation with someone and stop in mid-sentence to start tapping my toes when I hear it come on.

Recipe of the day:

Grandma B’s Buffalo Chip Cookies

(gross name.  delicious results.)

Cream together:

  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 lb. butter

Add:

  • 2 cups Post Toasties
  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 2 tsps. vanilla
  • 2 tsps. baking powder
  • 2 tsps. baking soda
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 cup nuts, pecans
  • 1 pkg. 12 oz. chocolate chips
  • 1 pkg. 6 oz. butterscotch chips
  • 4 cups flour

Bake at 350 F for about 10 minutes.

Can be frozen.

Book of the day:

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Stars Above:  A Lunar Chronicles Collection by Marissa Meyer

Have you read any of the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer?  There are four main books, all of which are futuristic retellings of classic fairy tales.  There is Cinder (Cinderella), Scarlet (Little Red Riding Hood), Cress (Rapunzel), and Winter (Snow White).  I was truly surprised by how much I liked these books.  There are other volumes, too, including Stars Above, that tell the minor characters’ stories.  Give them a chance, if you’re looking for something new to read!

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