It seems that we are so trained to go with the flow and to accept whatever comes our way, that we don’t know how to react when something goes our way. Why do we feel guilty when we get what we want?
In my last post, I wrote about how I was passed over for a big promotion at work. On paper, the job seemed like something I should want. Higher pay. More responsibility. Public recognition of my talents.
But I knew in my heart that it was not really what I wanted. So I did not do the necessary things a jobseeker would do: no follow up after interview, no inquiry after months of waiting to hear.
I simply listened to my instincts and used them as my guide.
Last week I had another “setback” at work. I was asked to take a leave of absence from my state job to serve as a direct mail political campaign consultant. This is something I do every other year. It is typically a 2-4 month period of long hours with no days off.
Normally I do not hesitate to say yes to the opportunity. While it is strictly voluntary and not required, it is strongly expected that if you are asked, that you will help.
This time I had a request.