I work for a small, privately owned company. My direct supervisor is one of the owners. She is a remarkable person in many ways. Several years ago she forbade us from giving her gifts, so today I am going to write this post wishing her a Happy Bosses Day, and that will probably change her mind.
In every other job I have ever had it was always easy to feel like I was the smartest person there. It may not have always been true, but there was plenty of anecdotal evidence, and that was good enough for me. Not here. She is so brutally intellectual, so well educated, so incredibly smart, that it can be a little intimidating to try to have a conversation. She can grasp difficult concepts, and wrestle them into submission, all while typing up the summary of a manual of complicated, convoluted, verbose instructions, breaking the whole thing down into one or two pages of concise, clear, easy to follow steps.
"When you give to the needy let not your right hand know what your left hand is doing." She gives, constantly, to organizations, to charities, to all sorts of people and places that come asking. Almost all of those come through my department before leaving the building. And, I only notice a very few. On the rare occasions I have mentioned the kindness, and generosity, she dismisses it, quickly, and firmly.
And, she is a great person to work for! She will give you plenty of rope, and you are free to decide if you want to make a macrame, or a noose. I am still deciding, sometimes it gets a little difficult to breathe. Even those times (more than I care to remember) that I have done something monumentally stupid she did not yell, and has found a way to forgive. And that has to get old after a while.
There is probably nobody, anywhere in the world that is more thorough. When she gets done with something every T has been crossed, and there are dots over every I. She is compulsively, consistently correct, in everything she does. It is hard work and she is tireless, in the demands she places on herself, and the work she powers through, every day. And, I have nothing but respect for her.
Everybody who reads this should add a Happy Bosses Day comment, and I will pass those on to her.
I was going to take a picture of my whole department wishing her a Happy Bosses Day, but we are way too immature to make something so complicated work. So I am using the first issue in the new line of Life Explained Greeting Cards (don't forget to order yours know, they are completely customizable, and only marginally too expensive).
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Happy Bosses Day!
There is not much to say, but, for those who find any offense, please remember these are only stories, jokes, and have no relation to reality. Kind of like life.
I like life, and hope it lasts a long time, but it does require some explanation, that is why these blogs exist. To help people navigate times and events that make no sense.
Here are a few places you can find a few things.
The Original Life Explained. Where it all started, a little rambling and a lot of nothing important.
Life Explains The End Views on humanity's race to self extinction. I hope I am wrong.
Life Explains Smiles Because everybody likes it when you smile.
Life Explains Aging Getting older is not always easier, but it is worth the effort. And a few small things can make it much more pleasant.
Life Explains Traveling and Commuting Mostly commuting. Driving bugs me and working bugs me so driving to work is the ultimate insult of modern life, and I like to complain.
Life Explained Explores History. The real problem with history is there is so much of it. It is all over the place. But, if you take the time to look at the small pieces it is fascinating.
Life Explains Music Music is a universal language. I like guitar based rock and roll, but there is a little bit of a lot here.