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Odd Bird Out

Before I get started with my thought of the day, I just have to ask if I am the only one on here who is having trouble deciding which category to use for an article? Whenever I get to that "Category" section and use the pull-down menu I have to stop and think, should I use animals, relationships, personal? So then I just decide to use the picture one because I am just basically using my pictures to explain a thought (or two). But I digress, let's get to the real reason I am writing this article.

Today, like so many other days I thought about issues with cliques at work...and friends working with friends. I have found it a bit hard to adjust to my current work environment; not because of the job, but because of the people. And I realized just how different I am from many of them. And just how much I want to stay different without getting pulled into the cliques or having to act a certain way to "fit in".

Sadly, in some ways, you would think we were back in grade school with the attitudes and the cliques. However, I remember that as mean as the kids could be; they just aren't as mean as some of the adults I have encountered, or as sneaky, or as vindictive. Too often during the day, I shake my head and wonder people do the things they do; or say the things they say; or take step on others to claw their way to the top of the heap.

It is just as easy to accomplish great things and meet goals by being unique, being polite, and getting to the top with hard work...without climbing all over everyone and taking advantage of them. So I reminded myself again today that it was okay to just be me; more than just okay, it was the only thing that made sense.

(Don't forget to click on the pic to read the words on it.)

Image Credit » Image Credit Renda Brooks

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DWDavisRSL wrote on January 13, 2015, 8:51 PM

At the school where I teach, we tend to be cliquish by grade level, though we all do tend to get along well throughout the whole school. The other school I worked at when I first started teaching wasn't quite so collegial.

MelissaE wrote on January 13, 2015, 9:05 PM

We are also a bit cliquish at the school where I teach, but we don't gossip or pick sides too much. We are very protective of our ideas and philosophies of teaching.

AngelSharum wrote on January 13, 2015, 9:38 PM

I like the photo and the text. Sorry you have to deal with that at work.