I feel the need to make a retraction to my last post. Sort of… Well the words were true enough just not about the person (you know the one I didn’t mention in my last post) that I was angry at when I wrote it. You see if that person were to read this, he would know what it was regarding and although I doubt he ever will read it I still feel I should make a retraction – sort of. Had I not been upset and frustrated I would have seen that he is not the sort of team lead that would act in the fashion with which I previously described.
Now having clarified that, let it be understood that what I said still holds true (in my eyes) for another individual with which it is necessary for me to associate with. So I do not retract what I believe to be the truth of the situation I have been faced with this past year. Oh, and before you start criticizing me for whining and crying the blues, which is not my intention, I and my coworkers (who suffer this bullshit right along with me) have been tolerating and bottling this for a year now and I would imaging that a lot of you who might criticize would not have withstood it this long. Furthermore, just because I wrote this doesn’t mean it has improved for us. It just means I have cracked the seal on the bottle in order to release some of the pressure so I can begin to approach the situation with a clear head -- hopefully!
It is interesting to note that the night before I wrote my last post, as I lay awake unable to sleep because of the turmoil I was faced with, I prayed that God would take my burden from me. Asking that he take this situation and fix it, preferably by allowing me to take the really cool sounding job, I had applied for. Then the next morning after reading a rather scathing email written by my team lead in anger. I proceeded to not only write the previous post but to also respond to his email in kind, not once but twice.
Both were sent before I had time to realize that, after giving my burden to God, I had in my irritation taken the burden back by responding to the email. Once I realized this I made an attempt to recall the two email I had sent… The recall didn’t work. This led of course to a blow out between me and my team lead and eventually petered out into a conversation about what we need to do, as a team, to build a team. We all got together a day or two later, where the other members of our team could express their concerns. They brought up several of the issues I had mentioned during my little blowout, they were of course able to do it without announcing it to the rest of the building -- unlike me!
This was, I believe, a successful meeting of the minds and we will be able to build from the experience to develop a strong team. So all-in-all it occurs to me that God did in fact take my burden and work to make things better. For the atheists out there who figure I did all the work myself, you should keep in mind that neither me or my team lead should have sent email like the ones we sent. In most cases that would have done more harm than good. I believe however, that once I realized what I had done and I demonstrated to God that I understood what I had done was contradicting my prayers from the night before, he chose to use my foible to do the work I had asked of him. He did not give me an opportunity to take the job I mentioned above and that is just fine. I gave the problem to him to handle in his way and I have faith that he has and will continue to help me with this situation. When it comes to the job opportunity, well it’s like Garth Brooks said, “I thank God for unanswered prayers.”