Deployed to Work

4 years ago

I initially started to blog with the intent of relieving my stressful work environment.  However, the Presidential campaign consumed me. It's over now; unless we fall off the cliff then I anticipate a Speaker and Presidential war. This is the beginning of why I came here in the first place.

A deployment to Turkey and Iraq in the early 1990's was easy compared to this. You would think with the real war, I would have served my time.

I thought one's only experience of war were in the military. It was a different type of war, yet it was war.  And with war, comes stress.  With stress, there is an inability to do your best work.  Keep reading, the next paragraph of this blog will give you a snapshot into this deployment.

Nothing you do is right and the boss feels the need to tell you that as often as possible. The war was much worse than the “I feared for my life" during deployment.  It was a fear for my sanity. Decisions were made behind the scenes about you… but without you. Excluded on purpose and contributions are met with derision, scorn and dismissals.  More and more tasks thrust upon you with depleting support.It was sabotage, systematic and psychological warfare. However, you have to search for internal strength to win this type of war.

The work life of a person changes the lives of people within his/her circle.  The circle continued to get wider as I refused to suffer in silence.  Anyone who listened was told the war stories, the weekly battles and daily skirmishes. It is said not to transmit an experience is to betray it.  He (Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor & 1986 Nobel Peace Prize recipient) also said: I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.

Throughout the globe, there are wars (Afghanistan, Syria) and rumors of war (Israel & Palestine). Even in America, there is a declaration of a war on homelessness.  However, there are many fighting individual wars each day in the workplace. I call it Operation Protect Self or OPS. 

The dream of lasting peace, world citizenship and rule of international morality will remain in but a fleeting illusion... to be pursued, but never attained - Now everywhere is war – war (Bob Marley).

War is a resistance to what you oppose. The OPS is currently at a cease fire.  A treaty is in place. At least, it seems that way.  In the meantime, Jah love protect me... after years of being preoccupied with war.


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