Yesterday I got to participate in a Welcoming/ Opening ceremony at work.
We’ve been working in a temporary office and yesterday we moved into our newly renovated digs. To celebrate the opening of our new work space, a community elder was brought in and she performed the ceremony.
I really enjoyed being part of it. As a matter of fact, the elder gave me the burning sweetgrass so that I could help with the smudging. Smudging is a type of cleansing ritual. I had no idea what I was doing but everyone said that I did a good job.
Basically I took the smouldering sweetgrass around the room and held it in front of people so that the smoke would flow over them. Everyone did something slightly different but most people directed the smoke towards their eyes, ears, mouth, over their heads and towards their heart. I have to say that it was really a special experience.
During the smudging the elder was speaking in her native tongue and when she was done she translated what she had said into English. Finally she did a chant saying the word “Welcome” while beating a drum.
I really love this kind of stuff. Being part of this new cultural experience was a treat and I felt grateful that I was able to experience it. I feel a little silly in that I don’t know more about the people who I work with but I am happy to have the opportunity to learn.
Sometimes we don’t know what we don’t know but it is important to keep an open mind and to take advantage of learning opportunities when they present themselves.
Desk (Photo credit: koneude)
It was a little surreal being back in the land of paid employment today after being off work for a year, but I lived to tell about it so I’m pretty sure I’ll go back tomorrow.
Everyone at work seems really nice. The CEO is seriously one of the nicest CEOs I’ve ever met. She is uber-friendly and makes me feel at home.
I got the office policies manual today. I work with a small group but you can tell that it is government-funded based on the size of the policy manual. That sucker was pretty big for a group of 15 people.
I found out today that the office closes for 2 weeks at Christmas. 2 weeks paid at Christmastime and it does not affect our vacation. I wanted to do a little dance right there.
I went to my first meeting today. It wasn’t a meeting that I needed to attend, but it was great to sit in on it as it gave me a better idea of what some of the people in my office do. I feel like I will piece together the puzzle that is my new job sooner than later so that’s a good thing.
I got several congratulatory messages this morning, all of them cheering me on for my first day of work. Both of my sisters (of course) and a couple of friends. I was super pumped to know that I have folks who care about my success. Surprisingly I did not hear from Sven. Or perhaps he did send me a message on his broken texting app and I just never got it. I’m guessing it was option A. I don’t know what happened with Sven, but things have just petered out. No one has called anything off but isn’t it weird that I have not heard from him on my first day at my new job?
Anyway, I’m not letting him spoil my fun. I had a great first day and I’m looking forward to going back tomorrow. I do miss my couch and my yoga pants a bit but I’m sure the pay check will help me get over that quickly.
Sex (Photo credit: danielito311)
I just read a Business Insider article that stated that people who have sex more than 4 times/week make more money, here’s a quote:
“Nick Drydakis, a senior lecturer in economics at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, England, found that those who have sex at least four times weekly made 5% more in wages than their counterparts who aren’t as lucky… sex is a ‘barometer for health, quality of life, well-being and happiness’. The economics professor says that more sex alone won’t result in a higher paycheck. However, more sexual activity may result in higher self-esteem, confidence, and overall happiness, which in turn make employees more amiable, productive, and creative.”
What does that say for people who have no jobs and are having no sex? LOL. They have low self-esteem, no confidence and are unhappy. Some days that sounds just about right.
My oldest asked me the other day, if I could change one thing in my life what would it be. I immediately said that I would like a job, then changed it to being independently wealthy so I wouldn’t have to work. But as soon as I said that then I thought that perhaps I should choose to have someone in my life. It’s hard to pick. I mean having an income means that I don’t have to live on the street but having someone in my life would be very nice, someone to share life’s ups and downs. Hopefully, soon, I will have both.
So there you go, people who have no jobs and no sex can still be hopeful. We just have to work harder to be happy and have confidence and self-esteem. Thank goodness for good friends and family.