Do you want to quit your job?

 By: Marie Morgan, RN

Go ahead.  Quit your job. First, let’s take a stroll down introspective lane for a second and answer this: WHY you want to quit your job?  There are many reasons one would choose to move on from their current position.  Many of these reasons are legitimate and healthy.  What I have learned is that quitting your job because of unhappiness is never a legitimate reason. No, I am not saying that you should stay where you are unhappy.  For those of you that like the cold hard truth, I will give you the wisdom of the two Marines that raised me…you can get glad in the same pants you got mad in.

Allow me to elaborate.  In life our circumstances will not always make us happy. I am not talking about the days where nothing goes right and you just need a break. I am talking about chronic unhappiness. You know who I am talking about. You can see it on their faces or perhaps you have even become that person.

Recently, I had a conversation with someone who was not happy with their job and said they were going to quit.  My gut reaction was to try to save that person from jumping off that cliff!  What I was doing without realizing it was trying to make them happy.  Just then, a lady I work with walked in and joined the conversation.  She said something that was so basic but brilliant!  She said everyone expects the grass to be greener on the other side but when they get there the grass turns brown there as well.  What most people don’t realize is that your little patch of grass will always turn brown when you don’t water it. In other words, we are all responsible for watering our own grass.  If you want to be happy where you are try watering your own grass instead of letting other people water it for you.  After all, happiness IS a choice.

So, let me encourage you…if you have “become” that chronically unhappy person, know that you can “become” whatever you want. All you need is a little water.

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One Response to “Do you want to quit your job?”

  1. Willie Gillespie May 6, 2013 at 7:27 pm #

    So true and very well done

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