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Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Beautiful Swan/Ugly Duckling: Which One are You?


“Oh Lord, please don’t let it be her.  The day is bad enough as it is, and I sure don’t want to make it any worse.”

Snappy, as she is un-affectionately termed, revelled in her authority as a permanently employed public sector worker.  She was crude, loud, and unsympathetic to workers and patrons alike.  She literally drove terror in everyone she met.  Outside of knowing the technical details of her job she was an absolute misfit.  Her relationship with her superiors was always strained.  Snappy wouldn’t admit it to anyone, but she was miserable.

You see, she never got over the fact that the untimely passing of her father, the only breadwinner in their family, forced her to seek early employment in lieu of pursuing her dream career.  She felt cheated.  Add two children out of wedlock (different fathers) to the mix, Snappy never got around to pursuing her dream – spending more of her time being angry and disappointed; wallowing in self-pity.
Although the dynamics may vary from individual to individual, there are many persons who have just ended up in jobs that make them… miserable!

What do you do if you find that you are in this situation?  Read the story of “The Ugly Duckling,” take the cue, devise a plan, and strive to discover/become who you’re really meant to be.  Why settle to becoming an ugly duckling (a misfit), when you already have the makings of a beautiful swan?  Note, the swan went on a journey of discovery and self-definition.  The swan had to decide to leave the relative safety of its miserable existence in order to find a new and better one.

Remember, a swan is a swan, a duck is a duck; a beautiful swan will always make an ugly duckling.