Finally, I had got a job. You can imagine my delight when I received an email from the Human Resources Manager of Bellstand Education Centre, stating the job was mine. A long deserved triumph; I was extremely elated. My joy was infectious that it passed onto the members of my household. We danced, sang, rejoiced; it was a celebration but most importantly, I thanked the most High, Jehovah, for His divine intervention in my life.
The last few months had been rough for me because, being incapable of providing the basic needs for my family was daunting, and as a result, put me to tears. Every night was dreaded because the silence was an invitation for nefarious thoughts. I was an idle mind but, with God’s help, I endured and overcame every temptation.
The first day of work wasn’t what I expected. I woke up gleefully, put on my best tie, and sang all the way to the office. The HR Manager showed me around and introduced me to my new team — the marketing department. Excluding me, there were two men and three women. My arrival was welcomed with mixed emotions, but I didn’t let that bother me. I got to my workspace, set up my things, and prepared myself for whatever I was going to be tasked with. I met with my manager not too long afterwards, a delightful woman she was. She didn’t say much, that I loved, and she went straight to the point. Towards the end of the day, I noticed one of my colleagues, Subomi, had a sour attitude. He was either always complaining, rude or just too noisy. This made me uncomfortable but, I had to bear it. There was no way I was going to allow myself get marked on the first day. Also, I thought, maybe, just maybe he was having a rough day. It was a Monday, he wouldn’t be the first.
His sour attitude didn’t change one bit; it continued the whole week. It was beyond my understanding why someone so talented had such a shortcoming. The Bible says, in Colossians 3:23-24,
Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.
That scripture replayed in my head repeatedly, like a broken record, every time I saw Subomi act up. His salary was already enough incentive for him to do his job judiciously, and the promise of an inheritance from God should set anyone straight. I didn’t want to think because Subomi knew he was sort of indispensable was the reason he could act the way he did. There were times he was nonchalant about work and, would offer his input when he deemed necessary.
At lunch time, I would go to the company lounge in an attempt to mingle with colleagues from other departments; and whenever I opened my mouth to announce I was with the marketing team, whomever I was talking to would make snide comments about Subomi, describing vividly how he was uncultured and irritating. They would go as far as advising me not to get on his bad side or else I was going to regret it. Big shame it was honestly; I knew what he was capable of. His brilliance was evident from time to time, especially in our meetings. He came up with marvellous ideas that would birth jealousy within me. If I was to rate us according to ability, Subomi was cream of the crop. So, yes, it was a shame that someone so exceptional was barely respected. Almost everyone had little or no regard for him and had to put up with his attitude. Not too long after, Subomi was fired for indecent behaviour and his uncouth mouth. Unsurprisingly, there wasn’t a person saddened by his dismissal.
Your attitude could literally make or break you. Having a sour attitude, like Subomi, isn’t beneficial to anyone, even yourself, especially yourself. It damages your image in so many ways: loss of friends, little or no respect from people, being avoided, and lack of opportunities, etc. Proverbs 17:22 says,
A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
An exuberant person, one who is full of life and void of negativity, will blossom, unlike the one with anger in his heart. Rid yourself of such principalities, focus on self growth, see the bigger picture; there is always a bigger picture. Life is a continuous networking process, it never ends. What you see as a temporary glitch today might be a permanent stain for the future. Your attitude in the workplace is of dire importance. If you free yourself, you can become the man in Proverbs 22:29.