Tuesday, June 28, 2016
The big lesson
My dear co-worker, you are no longer quite new here. Now, for the most part, you have mastered the basics. You are of us, rather than new to us. No longer are we keeping tabs on you, I mean other than those of us who keep tabs on everyone because we can't help ourselves.
I'm simply saying that you are ready. It is time for you to receive the next lesson.
This is the big lesson.
Don't panic. This lesson is simpler than all of the hundreds, perhaps thousands, of lessons you've already had to learn, directly and indirectly, to work here.
But this lesson is far deeper.
It goes to the core of who we are. It explains what it's truly like here. And it confesses what we do. You might even go so far as to say that it is the lesson that defines clerking everywhere.
I urge you for your soul and your honor: learn this, know this, understand this:
The less you are cleaning up the failings of others, the more we are cleaning up the failings of you.