It seems a little uppity to be complaining about work in these times when many folks are looking for work, afraid of losing work, or have already lost it. But the reality is, anyone who has ever had a job knows what it feels like to have a bad day on the job. Nothing helps me overcome a bad day at the jay-oh-bee than some music. Thus, it is appropriate that the theme for this week’s Old School Friday: “I had a BAD day [week/month] at work.”
Recognize that–like Kubler-Ross’s grieving model–there are five stages to the Bad-Day-At-Work Recovery Process. The first stage is a period of Griping about just how terrible the day (week/month) was. My contributions were ignored…I inadvertently double booked meetings…I missed a deadline…I am surrounded by incompetents…I had to begin some project all over again…
The second stage is Relief at escape–I have managed to sneak out of the door without yet another chunk of BS being thrown on my desk or flying in my email in-box. In this stage I am looking to the open road ahead that leads away from work and toward…not-work.
Then, once safe in my car, there is the third stage of “Eff alla y’all!” Now I’m full of boast and swagger, belting out behind the wheel all the bold aggressive things I wish I would have said back in the office.
The fourth stage looks to the future–usually to the Idea of Partying. I say “idea” of partying because my days of actually heading to the club after a long and bad week of work have long since gone. But the knowledge that I could if I wanted to…well, that’s all I need.
Finally, there is the fifth and last stage–one of calm, relaxation, and reassurance. No longer pissed, my focus in this stage is on Rejuvenation. It is necessary to get to this stage so as to be able to face the next day, or following week, or next month after my return from vacation without a salty attitude. If I reach this stage, I know that I will live to see another paycheck.
Instead of separate songs, this week I have a playlist for you with my song picks from each of the stages. Enjoy! Happy Week-end and Happy Old School Friday!
- Satisfaction–Rolling Stones
- Stuck in the Middle with You–Stealers Wheel
- Life is a Highway–Tom Cochrane
- Let Me Ride–Dr. Dre
- Nothin But a G Thang–Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg
- Party Up in Here–DMX
- Back in the Saddle–Aerosmith
- The Boomin System–LL Cool J
- Love Shack–B-52s
- Just Got Paid–Johnny Kemp
- Don’t You Worry Bout a Thing–Stevie Wonder
- Be Thankful for What You Got–Massive Attack
- Claude Debussy–Clair de Lune
Please visit the hosts of OSF, Mrs. Grapevine and Marvalus, for registration and rules to join in on the party. And please check out the other OSF participants. (PPR_Scribe’s previous OSF posts here.)