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Frame of Reference

It’s not surprising that you might lose perspective when it comes to work because you likely spend at least forty hours a week there. You can’t spend that much time immersed in anything without it influencing your frame of reference. There is a hierarchy that tells you in no un­certain terms who is more important and who is less im­portant. You are told what you need to know, do, and, often, think. You are told when you need to show up and where you need to be. The culture governs your ward­robe and your tone. You deliver a work product that someone else dictates — even if you are working in a col­laborative team environment. You are assigned tasks. Given priorities.

You work, then you get paid. And the more you fit into their culture — their reality — the greater your rewards.

When everybody is frantic over a huge deadline, you sense its immediacy and importance. It takes precedence over everything else.

You have to navigate the politics in order to move ahead, or you must come up with a survival plan when you’ve messed up. There are people you have to listen to, whether you like them or not. And you have to bow to their authority. Maybe even stomach their morals. Things often get a little muddy.

There is endless intrigue at work. What is going to happen to the company? How is new technology going to change things? Who is going to survive the layoffs? Why didn’t you get that raise? How come they promoted that idiot? Doesn’t anyone appreciate you?

There’s sabotage. There’s gossip.

The politics unfolds around you all day, every day.

So it all must be very important, right?

This environment, with all of its intrigue and activity, shapes your world because you are there in the middle of it. For hours and hours and hours. So we operate on the level of human experience and are distracted by this illusion of reality that we invite into our perspective.

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