Friday, January 6, 2012

Tempest in a Teapot

Today I wanted to take a ride on my Harley, but I guess we have been traveling too much, because the battery was dead when I went to start it.  Well, the battery is hidden behind a cover that is almost impossible to get off, so I guess I will have to either find someone who knows what they are doing or take it on a trailer to the dealer.  So, I didn’t get to ride today.  I did get a workout in at the gym.  That was OK. 

I go back to work tomorrow.  I am blessed to have a job that gives me so much flexibility.  It was an interesting week though.  We got a letter giving us a 2 percent raise, but canceling our usual bonus of 6%.   I know math, and this doesn’t seem like a raise to me.  Anyway, I have never seen such an uprising in the ranks of the DGS instructors.  Really it wasn’t about the money, we get paid pretty well for what we do.  It had more to do with respect and honor.  The instructor group as a whole felt dishonored.  The way it was handled by management was not good. 

Management said that it was because of the economy.  Really it’s because they felt they could do it.  We are professionals and it doesn’t change the way we train or teach, it really doesn’t affect our paycheck all that much.  But once again a company loses its goodwill and trust by going after a few dollars.  Bill Johnson said something a few days I go.  He said that there was nothing wrong with Capitalism except Capitalists .   He also said that there was nothing wrong with Socialism except Socialists.  In other words, there will always be those who try to take advantage of any system.  Greed is what will ruin any system, and greed is rampant in America. 

So, the question for me is how do I react, and how can I bring the Kingdom of God into this situation.  First, my source is not Delta Airlines or this job.  Thank God I finally learned that lesson.  So, it doesn’t matter what they pay me.  I work for the King, and I am His representative here.  So, I will continue to give my best and do all that I can do to provide Delta with quality pilots.  Did I feel dishonored?  Yes, but once I put my eyes back on my source, it was like water running off a ducks back.  No, I think that I have learned over the past few years not to let things shake me; especially things where I have no input. 

It will be interesting to watch how all this plays out.  If it’s like everything else, it will be liked a tempest in a teapot.  Anyway, I have an A period in the morning, and I really am glad that I have this job.  It is a gift from God, and I will never take it for granted.

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