day 13: The Power of Buddies

Work is hard enough, much less having to go it alone each and every day. My heart has always gone out to the person who comes to work each and every day, works extremely hard, does a good job but has no friends at work. They sit alone in the cafeteria or eat their lunch outside on a bench reading a book or magazine. They are never seen to be in the company of others when not in a meeting or some forced to be together time. Time at work doesn’t have to be all friends and games but having others around you in the office who are like-minded and who you can share the trials and tribulations of the day with is a good thing. We are told this in Ecclesiastes 4: 9-10, “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.” Makes simple sense doesn’t it? It will be hard to find purpose in your work for yourself if you don’t have “buddies” that you can talk to openly about how you are feeling and doing on the job. I have found that just knowing that there are others in the company who share my same faith is a tremendous assistance in the tough times. When the going gets tough, just to be able to email or talk to them in a context that is higher than the office politics can be a moment of rejuvenation and positive energy. We are surrounded in work by people who would rather see us fail than succeed. If those people are the only people we can reach to when we do fall, then we can expect to go all the way and hit the bottom. Your job will be more satisfying, rewarding and fruitful if you seek out and cultivate a relationship with some “buddies” and before long you might find yourself laughing off the little stuff and standing stronger on the big things knowing that you have others around you who want and will help you succeed.

Reference: Ecclesiastes 4: 9-10 (New Living Testament)

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