Beware of Snakes

Watch out for snakes” three people told me on the first day of my new job. “Be careful where you walk” okay, fair enough. “We think there’s a big tiger snake that lives underneath the building near the pathway” said a third person.

Okay, now, I was starting to get really nervous.

I thought at one stage I’d have to swap my sandals for gum boots.

I guess that’s the price you pay for working in one of Melbourne’s most beautiful recreation and riverside parks.  At least that’s what I thought but it turns out there were much bigger vipers around.

At lunch time on 27 March, my first day of work, I remember stepping out for a walk into 32C humidity. It was a blustering hot day but within minutes the temperature plummeted.

Suddenly we were enveloped in what felt like a mini tornado. All around the trees swayed ferociously and we were stung by flying twigs, dust and leaves falling on us, forcing us to bolt back inside.

It was the quickest walk in history and was so intense that it felt like an act of God. We had literally walked into the eye of the storm. 

I’m not superstitious but looking back I wonder, was it a sign of things to come?

Back in the office that afternoon, I immersed myself in learning new and complex computer systems.

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That night, back home after heavy rain, I walked inside to a flooded laundry and a dirty runaway Harry that desperately needed a bath.  I remember it all because I journalled about it.

That was day one in my new job!

Now, five weeks on, it turns out the big tiger snake was the least of my problems. It transpired that the manager (the one and only person I worked with) had unrealistically high expectations that I was never destined to meet.  

I consider myself an optimistic and positive person, determined and capable and I was giving it my all, but sometimes our best simply isn’t enough, at least to some people.

My probation period was supposed to be three months but today I walked in and was told that “with two heavy months in front of us we don’t think you’re going to make it.”

Really? Whatever happened to giving someone a chance?

I calculated it and, with Easter and public holidays, I’ve worked there a total of just 18 days.

I remember when I found the job. It seemed tailor made for me. But sometimes if something appears too good to be true it is. 

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What I hadn’t countered on was the hard manner of my boss and her unrealistically high expectations that I would just “get it” with minimal training. 

It was shattering and, as I sat in the office this morning while they told me “I would not make it,” all I could think of was, “but you’re not giving me a chance”.  But they’d made up their minds.

I refuse to think of myself as a failure. However, it took every ounce of strength not to break down and cry while I was sitting in the office. All I could think was, “I have huge dental bills coming up, we have a big trip planned, this felt so right, this could have worked”. But I kept that all inside and I steeled myself. 

I did give them my honest feedback though and I told them what I thought of their so called “training”.  I walked out of there with my head held high. 

I tell myself it’s their loss but, to be honest, it was like a kick in the guts and it hurt. 

On the way home, feeling numb, I stopped at the shopping centre. I needed to be around people and sure enough, I discovered that when we’re open there’s no shortage of kindness around. 

Three strangers in totally different scenarios, obviously sensing my low mood asked me how I was. And instead of saying “okay” I told them.

What a difference it makes when we open up, when people reach out to comfort us, when strangers understand, with words, a touch on the arm and expressions of hope. 

Words like “something better is waiting for you”, “you’ll be okay”, “maybe you could look at doing something completely different” helped me realise this job isn’t the be all and end all.  I will find something else.

At least now I don’t have to worry about those snakes!

We live and learn don’t we?  Life is a continual journey of highs and lows, setbacks and successes. This job didn’t turn out as I’d have liked but I’m trusting that there’s a good reason why this happened. 

I do believe that I’m stronger for this and that something better is waiting for me and that, perhaps, I’m right where I’m meant to be.

I read something by Susan Jeffers the other day that rang so true for me. In her book Embracing Uncertainty she says:

“Yes we all hope life gives us more good than bad. Maybe it will, maybe it won’t. But when we come to the realisation that we can make something good from the bad, we also come to the realisation that THERE REALLY IS NO BAD!  Instead there is opportunity after opportunity to improve the quality of our inner lives by using all that life hands us to make us stronger and more loving people.”

So that’s what I’m doing …  I’ll dust myself off and put myself out there again.  When life knocks you down there’s only one way to go and that’s up.

Here’s wishing you strength and peace and more good than bad in life.  

I like to think that through all our setbacks we learn and grow and ultimately become stronger and more resilient.

Trust, let go and know that, however we might not understand it, life’s all happening perfectly.


232 thoughts on “Beware of Snakes

  1. Oh, Miriam, You are right and best rid of both the big snakes there. It sounds like a terrible work environment and just as well you are out. I am so glad the people at the shopping centre were kind. Hope someone is home with you tonight x Louise

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    1. Thanks Louise and yes, I’m feeling very relieved and grateful to be out of there. I’m not alone tonight, I have my three boys with me (that includes Harry). Look forward to catching up for that coffee soon. xo

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  2. I’m so sorry to read this Miriam. I hope you realise they are the losers out of this awful situation. They were very lucky to have your optimistic, happy personality in their office. Take care – sending you positive thoughts and hugs xx

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  3. Good out of bad, bad out of good. Bit harsh but this is what life is all about. And when tides are against us, we should know how to sail properly.
    And I believe, without a doubt in my mind, that you will. Good luck πŸ™‚

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  4. By the sounds of things Miriam you had a lucky escape! I think the people in the supermarket were sent to remind you of how wonderful you are and that there are far better things awaiting you. This is not a failure, this is a twist in the road as you are sent in the right direction on your journey to where you want to be. I wish you every success xx

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    1. Thank you Catherine, it’s certainly been a draining and emotional day but you’re right, I have had a lucky escape. And I’m grateful, for everything, including your very kind wishes. x

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  5. Can absolutely empathise with you Miriam. Some years ago the same thing happened to me 4 months in to a new job, I was told by my impossible female boss that I ‘didn’t fit in to the Company ethos’. She couldn’t and wouldn’t go in to why but I left feeling like a total failure. These days I can look back and know that it wasn’t a failure on my part as, when I left, I left the business in a more profitable position than when I joined. My friend’s grandma has a saying ‘what’s meant to be won’t pass you by’ and in a few months time you will find what is meant for you. Until then take heart, find your joy and keep writing xx

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    1. Thank you Deb, yes it’s not always easy to find the lessons and positives when we’re in the throes of a bad situation but looking at it now already I see clearly how impossible a situation it was. Your friend’s grandma was very wise. Thank you for sharing and your kind wishes. xo

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      1. My job at the grocery store was like that. Nothing I did was good enough for my supervisor. Everyone else could half-ass it and get commended and I did twice the work (because I don’t half-ass stuff and that’s what she demanded of me) and nothing. I can’t believe I lasted 2 years there.

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  6. You ARE strong enough. And as trite as this may sound, sometimes things happen for a reason… despite your best efforts, this wasn’t meant to be. My hope for you is that soon you’ll look back on this one day and say, “Ah! That’s why!”

    Best of luck moving forward. You’re already well on your way, talking it out like this with strangers, blog friends, family & friends.

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    1. It doesn’t sound trite at all Sheri, I actually agree with you, even though I don’t quite get why it happened. And yes, talking it out is definitely proving therapeutic. Thank you for being part of it.

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  7. I can understand the hurt, particularly given how willing & keen you were. I think they were incredibly unfair too. But what I love is that you stood up for yourself, gave them feedback & left with your dignity and your head held high! Something more deserving of you will come along xo

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    1. Oh, I definitely stood up for myself Kim. There was no way I was leaving that office without them knowing how unfairly I felt I’d been treated. Thank you for your supportive comment. xo

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  8. ya, I know how that gut punch feels. it doesn’t help much when someone says “it will get better’. Oh yeh, like when? screw em. they didn’t deserve you.

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  9. Hi Miriam, this could turn out to be one of your best days, everything happens for a reason and something much better is on its way to you, it is very sad when people can just not see good working people right in front of their eyes, but, thats her loss, and what a big one,chin up and prepare for what is to come !!! xxx

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    1. I actually said that to her today Brooke. I told her she was making a big mistake and she was losing a good worker but she just looked at me like I was from another planet. Yes, her loss. Thank you so much for saying that. And yes, I’m ready for the next one. Bring it on! xo

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        1. Totally..nothing is worth it nothing.. i have been and done and put up with and i only survived because of meditation and charity work i did. But i dont think i suruved too well ..it was hard and unnecessary… but i see sooo much benefit in my life for the years of pain…

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        2. I’m sorry for what you went through Bella but glad that finally you can see benefit. The rainbow after all the heartache. I wish you nothing but peace and happiness now. I hope all that pain is behind you …

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  10. It wasn’t meant for you. I walked out of a job after only 3 weeks as I knew it wasn’t for me and quite honestly the people I was working with were awful. I walked away from something that made me miserable and walked into something much better (freelance working from home) but I’d never have done that if I’d stuck to the miserable job. Your next opportunity is just around the corner Miriam ❀️

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  11. Sorry to read this, Miriam…. Sending my warmest thoughts, and a ticket for a free kick in Life’s nuts! πŸ˜‰ Because it is good to stay positive, but it also feels nice to let the steam out, sometimes πŸ˜‰ xx

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  12. It is a blessing in disguise. If you have a harsh boss, it aint worth losing your peace of mind over. Take it as a learning opportunity. Pat yourself on the back for how far you have come. Move on ..onwards and upwards. This experience in your next experiene and the questions you ask at the interview. Dont let it get u down..no reflection on you.. some bosses frankily need to get a life and take a chill pill. Just dont take to heart. There is benefit in everything. Oh my i have been through hell and back with jobs so many times… take this as a positive, benefit in everything. And affirm /manifest your perfect job, from boss, location, hours, salary, holiday, team members, etc… and believe me it will work out.

    A few knocks makes us strong..but never is a harsh boss a reflection of you…never ever take it that way..

    Your free for the best job to come your way.

    I know its hard … so big hug..but move on..it was a stepping stone for something greater and something to get you back into work mode.. you have gained and not lost. It will all work out..affirm and manifest the perfect job..it works it works..believe me… i had so many horrible horrible jobs and bosses..

    Just a stepping stone.. nothing has been lost just an experience. You are not defined by the boss.

    Move on and let go..

    Hugs bella

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    1. Thank you Bella, I can tell by your words that you’ve lived through this yourself. You’re right, it’s not a reflection of me, I absolutely know that. I was prepared to stick it out for three months and I know I would have made it work but they didn’t give me the courtesy of that chance. More fool them, they’re stuck with a huge workload now. She was never going to be easy to work with and quite honestly I don’t need that stress in my life. So yes, I’m taking lots of positives out of this. Life will work out, you’re right, it’s all a stepping stone and this was obviously just a big rocky step on the way to where I should be. I’ll just have to keep on navigating until I find my way . Yep, letting it go.
      Thanks for the encouragement. I really appreciate it Bella. xo

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  13. If they think you weren’t capable, then they are nuts. Who wouldn’t want such a confident and lovely person working for them? You took everything in stride and that itself should’ve shown them. Too bad they couldn’t see it. I’m sure you’ll get something better soon, Miriam πŸ™‚ Sending you loads of love and hugs 😘❀️

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    1. What a nice thing to say, thanks NJ. Seems that they were after Superwoman. Maybe I should have gone in wearing my cape perhaps. 😏 Seriously though thank you. Hugs back. x

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      1. You’re welcome Miriam. I really didn’t know what else to say as I am sure that deep down you are upset. I would be, treated that way. Anyway, have another hug my friend ❀

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  14. I am so sorry to read this Miriam and I truly believe that by letting you go so soon the Universe is looking after you and at the same time teaching you something very important. You felt yourself the expectations from your manager were unrealistic and the training left a lot to be desired, yet something was stopping you from being more assertive about this and more protective of your own inner wellbeing. By letting you go they are, whether intentionally or not, doing the kindest thing. Every challenging situation holds a gift within and I truly believe something more suitable is waiting around the corner for you xxx

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    1. Aw Xenia, your comment actually brought tears to my eyes. Not because I’m sad at what’s happened but because of the kindness that I’ve been shown here. And the fact that I think you’re right, I have learned some valuable lessons and feel as though this was just a stepping stone to paths yet untrodden. Thank you. xo

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  15. I’m sorry to hear this, Miriam. A few years ago, I had a similar experience with a boss who was a lot like the one you had. I shed a few tears, but was grateful soon afterwards. All the best to you! β™₯😊

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  16. I am so sorry you have to go through this one. I know that there have been times that I thought “this is the right place/time/job for me” and it did not go as planned. It sucked from the start and I wasn’t sure how to get myself out of it, or the people who seemed so kind and helpful changed after the fact. You will find what is right for you! Glad you are out of a tough situation and are now free to find something better! Hang in there, we are all pulling for you πŸ™‚

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    1. I know and I so appreciate that. It’s never easy at the time but today the sun is shining and it’s a new day, so it’s up and onwards. I feel free. Thanks so much for your kindness xo πŸ™‚

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  17. I’m sorry to read about this, Miriam. What a great metaphor that three people in the office told you that there was snake under the building and you seemed to sense something was happening. It’s not fair that your boss expected you to have every skill need for the job with little training. Working in a situation like this would be difficult even if you were kept on the job.
    I appreciate you mindset that you went to a place with people and get comfort from strangers. “Trust, let go and know that, however we might not understand it, life’s all happening perfectly.” What a positive way to look at life. You deserve a better boss and work place that appreciate your strength! Blessings be with you!

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  18. Miriam, I’m so sorry. But there really, truly is something better for you. You don’t need that, working with a boss with a personality and attitude like that. And those snakes! Ugh. You are amazing. You are strong and have a fabulous attitude. I love the quote from Susan Jeffers. I’m going to share that with my sister. She recently was laid off from her job of 16 years. It was totally unexpected, knocked her down, caught her completely off guard. She’s slowly realizing her life will be better without the extreme stress and long hours. She’s on a different path now. You are too, and you’re going to be great! xx

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    1. Aw Jenny, I’m sorry about your sister, sounds like it was quite a shock especially after 16 years. It’d be hard after such a long time in one job, let alone my measely five weeks, but she’ll be fine and she’ll find a new path I’m sure. Just as I will. Thanks for your words of encouragement, means a lot. xo

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  19. Some day your will look back on this experience and thank God you got the “boot”. I don’t have a very high opinion of people who expect too much and don’t give you a chance to prove yourself. Man this world is tough enough as it is without that added headache. I’m really sorry you had such a bad experience BUT so many things to learn from and ya gotta just know there really is something better for you. Good for you, Miriam, for walking out of there with your head held high. I’m proud of you! ❀

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    1. Thanks Amy, yeah it’s a tough ole world out there, that’s for sure. And I know you’re right, I’m better off out of there, no doubt about it. There are better things in life. Thank you so much for your uplifting words. I really do appreciate them. xo ❀️

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  20. Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! Their loss Miriam. Of course it hurts, those crap heads. You will come through on the other side of this. It’s just an exercise that will make you stronger for the better things to come. Use it, lean in and you will be flying to your success in no time. 😊πŸ’ͺ🏻πŸ’ͺ🏻πŸ’ͺ🏻

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    1. Oh, you make me smile Wendy though I’ve called them much worse! Yep, we definitely learn and get stronger through all this sort of stuff don’t we? Thank you. πŸ™‚

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  21. Your post touched me deeply and I’m so sorry that you had to experience this painful episode, this happened to me recently with not one but at least two other employers and it’s hard to pick oneself up to try again, in the middle of this I was recovering from cancer and wondered, dare I try again? I have picked up some recent paid temporary work resulting in a good evaluation and I think I might be ready…I’ll be thinking of you and hope to hear good news soon!

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    1. Good for you for picking yourself up, it must be even harder when you’re recovering from cancer. Thank you for your lovely comment and I wish you nothing but the best.

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  22. I’ve no doubt your next set of work colleagues will be decent people. As for your ex-boss? Their loss, not yours – you’re better off in the long run. Snakes…
    Good for you on how you exited a crappy situation, and look after yourself. It was their problem, not yours.

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  23. I love what Susan Jeffers had to say. I love what you had to say even more. I know you were giving it your best shot and 110%, but they weren’t reciprocating. Their expectations were not the same as yours and they sure didn’t give you enough training to even give you a fighting chance. You dreaded going there every day, she was just ruining your days, I say Hallelujah, Amen and Sayonara!! You need to work somewhere that appreciates your talents, that appreciates you, that gives you a real training and training period. She did you the biggest favor and I think you know that. There are a bazillion jobs out there. What do you want to do for work? Could you maybe take a course to sharpen your skills in an area. You need to work where you can write, you are such an amazing writer, seriously, anyone would be more than fortunate to have you working for them. Well my dearest friend you are going to sleep like a baby tonight! I bet your walking around whistling right now. Snakes, huh, that was the least of your problems!! But they’re all gone now…don’t you worry about your teeth and your trip…All is Well and Everything Always Works Out for You!! Big Freedom Hugs and kisses…xo Yabba dabba dooo…. πŸ™‚ Can’t say it enough.

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    1. Oh I love you Deb, I really do. If you were here right now, not only would I give you the biggest hug but I’d probably jump up and down and do a little jig and have the best laugh with you. You really have put the biggest smile on my face so thank you!
      You know all too well the stresses I was under so you also must know the relief that I feel now. What do I want to do? Hmm, I just want a job where the people are nice and I feel as though I’m contributing and making a difference. It doesn’t have to be rocket science or even writing, that’s my passion and I do that at hone so anything else is just a bonus. I’ll have to ponder more, though I have already applied for two jobs this morning. Just kind of threw a letter together with my cv and put it out there. We’ll see what happens.
      Yes, good riddance to the snakes. I can do without them .. I hope you’ve had a good day and a lovely relaxing evening. Big hugs to you my sunshine friend. Yabba dabba dooo 😊 xo

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      1. I wish I were there too to do the jig with you. I’m in bed right now so I’ll do it in my dreams tonight, oh what fun that will be!! Oh good for you getting right back on that horse. I know this is a blessing and you’re going to see that the Universe does know best!! I had a relaxing and yet busy night, didn’t get a chance to write but I wanted to comment. I miss when we don’t talk but sometimes it’s difficult. Have a fabulous rest of your day. Jiggy hugs and celebratory kisses xo πŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒ

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        1. Glad you had a relaxing night Deb and never feel bad for not writing. It’s not always possible and it’s absolutely ok. You have a peaceful sleep and dream of our jigs and high fives! πŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒ And I’ll go out and lap up some more sunshine for us both. Big hugs. xo

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  24. sometimes, what i have thought was a setback was really a big push in a better direction. Certainly, it doesn’t always feel good-but who wants to work where folks aren’t treated well-you keep your wandering around and I bet you end up where you ought to be. We are cheering you on!

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  25. If your boss is the lady who has been there for years I think you will find that she has a huge turn over of staff … you aren’t the first and wont be the last … she has a reputation!

    But that doesn’t help now – your resilient attitude and strength to turn this opportunity around will work for you. Nobody needs that hassle/snake/storm in their life … you will come up smelling roses! You are in my thoughts and prayers k

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    1. Thank you Kate, your kind words and good wishes mean a lot. And you’re right, she already has a bad track record. I know I’m not the first to leave, just didn’t expect to go quite so quick. But it’s better this way. I pity the next person who comes in.

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      1. and frankly I don’t get how/why she has the power to upset so many … by not taking it personally you will recover quicker, something better is waiting for you Miriam. Nobody needs that angst …

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  26. What a blow. So sorry to hear that things didn’t work out but it could all turn out for the best. I’m quite sure you’ll turn this into an amazing opportunity that we of your blogging community will be totally envious of. Chin up old girl have a glass of bubbles and soldier on.

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  27. A similar experience has brought us to Australia. Sorry to read that this wasn’t the job for you. but would it ever have become a likable working place? A hard swallow, however, from the sound of it, you already came out stronger. Hang in there.

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  28. Congratulations on keeping your cool and giving them valuable feedback on their “training”. Unrealistic management is the scourge of employment, often it is because they know it all (or think they do) but are totally unable to pass that information along in a usable fashion. Just because you are a manager does not mean that you are a teacher/mentor (although you should be). The Universe does lead us in strange ways, and hopefully it has something much better lined up for you around the corner that you can’t see now.

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    1. Oh Claudette, thank yo, you’ve perfectly articulated what I’ve been saying at home for the last month. The Manager was an IT wiz but was absolutely useless at training. And she thought she knew it all. I won’t miss the place.

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      1. It’s one of my pet peeves. I’ve been the person giving training, and on the other side where I really had to figure it all out myself. If an employer can’t get their training right, then they will go through lots of staff and still be wondering why they can’t keep anyone. IT can be the worst type too – they assume if they click everything once that we understand completely, and most of them don’t have much patience and a superior attitude.

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  29. Miriam, I feel you’ve said everything I’d say in this situation. Great work in flipping the coin and seeing the other side of the situation; for the better instead of the bitter. ❀️❀️😊

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  30. 18 days is hardly giving anyone a chance to get to grips with a new job.. But many here have already said it.. That there is always a reason I have found and there is something far better around the corner just waiting for you to step into.. With no snakes or viper boss πŸ™‚
    Keep holing that thought of the perfect Job.. And you will soon manifest it into being.. And you will look back at the short time you spent there as the stepping stone you needed for the push to where you are supposed to be.

    Take care.. And you have a lovely blog.. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much Sue. It’s amazing how, on paper, it seemed like the ideal job for me. Everything seemed perfect except the one thing that really mattered, the person I would be working for. Yes, you’re right, plenty have said it and I do believe that something better is waiting. Now to manifest it! Thank you again for your heartwarming and supportive comment and for dropping by my blog. I look forward to reading more of yours. πŸ™‚

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      1. Like wise.. I may always be late however.. as I follow that many.. xx But I know if it was meant you would still be there.. SO.. Look at it as the Universe knows something you as yet do not.. Its there.. Just manifest it.. xxx

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  31. I’m so sorry to hear about your employment experience. It sounds like it was a great position (except for the snakes!). It doesn’t sound to me like your supervisor put much effort into training, orientation, and creating a workplace that nurtured your success. I’ve always believed that hiring for attitude is more important than hiring for aptitude. The latter you can develop on the job, but if an employee doesn’t come with the right attitude, it’s unlikely they will develop it. When I hired new employees, we developed for each one a personalized 90-day training and orientation planβ€”and always built in some early projects and achievements so our employee would experience success. My perception as an ignorant outsider (never stops me!) is that as disappointing as this experience must be, you are well rid of a manager who would never be your ally or supporter. Unless someone can teach her how to do her job as a supervisor effectively, she is doomed to have a lot of short-term employees (for which she will always blame the employee), and to experience little success or satisfaction. Good luck finding another position and a manager who will partner with you to create success.

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    1. Amen! Donna, I couldn’t have said it better myself. Perhaps I should forward this comment to her (kidding of course). But seriously, you’re so right. I came into this job so excited and with the right attitude and willing to learn but she, from day one, just expected me to get everything. She actually left me completely on my own, on day two, and told me to just read. Well reading is fine but it’s in doing and applying it that we learn, and repeatedly. She didn’t give me that chance.
      Thank you for your perspective Donna. If only she’d thought like you I might have stood a chance. But never mind, it’s her loss, we live and learn and life goes on. Once again, thanks Donna and I appreciate your comment.

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  32. Arrggg Miriam. I’m sorry to hear that this position wasn’t what you hoped it would be. But you’re absolutely right, after following you here in the blogiverse for a while, I’ve already become convinced that you are destined for greatness. By greatness, I’m not referring to stardom or incalculable wealth. Instead, I see the impact you have on others, on me, through your inspiring and genuine posts. This kind of talent can’t be faked or engineered. And I’m sure that there are reserves that extend far beyond the blogiverse that you can draw on in order to find those connections, and forge relationships in order to make an even more meaningful contribution. The potential is pretty exciting isn’t it? I can’t wait to see what the future brings. But in the meantime, I’ll be following along!

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    1. Oh Gabe, what an awesome comment. Seriously, you blew me out of the seat I’m sitting on and then reduced me to tears. (See the impact your words have as well!) πŸ™‚ I wish that I felt that sense of greatness you refer to, most days I feel as though I’m just an ordinary woman putting my words, thoughts and heart on paper and relating it to what others might be experiencing. But I accept your compliment and it heartens me, especially when I see the love and support that’s out there, just like you’ve shown here. Thank you kindly, my cyber buddy, your words have touched me this morning. And yes, watch this space Gabe, who knows what the future holds …

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  33. I am so sorry that happened to you! But I am glad you stood up for yourself because they had no idea what a quality employee they were missing out on. The thing is, sometimes we just don’t fit in everywhere and in those cases, we need to move on to a better fit. You are a terrific person, a talented writer, and a caring human being. I can’t imagine why they were too short-sighted to see that, but I guess they were. The right job for you is out there, and I hope you find it soon. Meanwhile, please know how many of us value you and are I your corner, always!

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    1. Thank you so much Ann, I’ve been overwhelmed by the support here and honestly, it means so much. Yes, it was never destined to last. I felt bad vibes from her right back at the interview, the other two were lovely but she came across as harsh and full of self-importance from the outset. And with zero patience and training capability. I know I’m better off out of there and yes, hopefully something will come up soon but in the meantime there’s plenty of catching up to do at home. Hope all’s well with you Ann. Have a great weekend. x

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  34. Good grief, Miriam! Sending you a warm hug. At Christmas time we had ‘the rug pulled out from beneath us’ too, only it was our son in the firing line. Literally! After 18 months of work and gaining a distinction in Audiology, he was sacked because he couldn’t afford to go to London to work, on the salary they paid. And has to repay them Β£24,000 university fees! It’s been a dispiriting few months but he started work for again last week and will be driving home tonight in the company Mercedes. Hopefully this will work out! Just telling you the story so you know there’s light at the end of the tunnel. You will be a valuable asset wherever you end up, honey. Hold on to your self belief. You are loved. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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    1. Oh Jo, what a revolting thing to happen to your son. He (and you) must have been so upset. And then to have to pay back all those fees, aaggh, life sucks. I’m so glad to hear he’s found done thing else though and a company Merc sounds pretty good. I hope it all works out for him. As for me, something will come up, just have to put myself out there and stay positive. Thanks for your kind words Jo. Appreciate it πŸ™‚ xo

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