We are “They”

by Edward Henkler on March 11, 2014

Have you noticed what a poor job “they” have been doing lately?  They refuse to compromise so that we can move legislation forward.  They need to fix this healthcare mess.  They need to stop the war.  They need to fix unemployment.  If you live in the northeast, they need to fix the potholes and get the snow off the streets.  They need to stop laying off older workers.  They need to stop hiring young people who don’t know what they’re doing.  They need to reduce taxes.  They need to provide food and shelter for the homeless.  I’ve tried to mix this up so a number of constituencies are represented but, of course, that’s not the point.

 We are They

We are “they”.  I’m not sure who we think they are but, as John G. Miller says in “QBQ”, we need to take personal responsibility or accountability at work and in life.  If you don’t like a situation, rather than complaining about it, think about how you can move that needle.  You shouldn’t fix the pothole in the highway but do you call to report every pothole you see or wait for “them” to notice and fix it?  If you’re an older worker who was laid off, do you vilify your ex-employer or figure out how to change so that you will have value with another employer?  If you had been learning and growing with your ex-employer, might you still be there?

Regardless of your political leanings, it’s hard to argue with President Kennedy’s very familiar, “ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.”  Replace the word “country” with whatever subject is personally relevant and look for ways to fix whatever is bothering you because…..as you can see at the beginning of this post, “they” are doing a lousy job!

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