WITH ALL THE turmoil and discourse in Washington, how is it we haven’t heard anything about employee morale issues in the vast bureaucracy? Don’t you wonder what the mental and emotional condition is in the workplace? Think how depressing it could be to be in that hostile environment.

With several investigations underway, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has been ordered to hand over 1.2 million documents to Congress as part of the probe into the DOJ corruption prior to the 2016 presidential election.

Documents could be one page, 25 pages or 100 pages. Does the DOJ have to provide 50 copies or 100 copies? Do the copies have to be on paper or an electronic file? Who will be assigned to examine these documents? Can a summary be condensed to 30,000 pages? Will the committee need 100 copies?

A task of this magnitude could give a bureaucrat a big headache and a bad attitude. Will their hard work lead to a conclusion that will matter in the grand scheme of things or simply be a massive waste of time and money? Morale problems could result in issues with depression.

Depression has never been a serious problem for me. I guess I have been lucky. When hard times have hit, I tend to suffer quickly and then, go on. A lot of folks tend to dwell on their aches, pains and sorrows, and never regroup after something happens.

We all need a little time to grieve over big losses and small losses, but then, we need to forget, and get back to life and work. I wonder how those government workers deal with the partisan bickering and keep their sanity day to day.

I started looking up some advice on depression. Do these government workers keep focused when doing mundane jobs? Can they keep bias in check when searching documents for suspicious activity? How do they do that when scanning 70,000 pages?

Maybe boredom is a bigger problem than depression. Avoiding boredom requires a cleaning of attitudes. Zig Ziglar was one of the world’s leading spokesman for keeping a positive attitude.

He started out life very poor. He developed positive thinking while he was a door-to-door cookware salesman. He turned his experiences and knowledge into a fortune by teaching others how to be successful.

Millions of people have benefited from what Ziglar called Zigisms. He would tell his followers his advice was a checkup from the neck up. When it comes to facing life’s ups and downs, Ziglar said “when it gets down to it, nobody is going to help you rise up to the challenge but you.”

If your morale needs a boost and you need to give yourself a pep talk, try a few of Ziglar’s gems:

1. It’s not the qualities you have, it’s the qualities you recognize you have and use that will make a difference.

2. Work is the salt that gives life its flavor.

3. Eighty-five percent of the reason people get jobs and get ahead in those jobs is because of their positive attitudes.

4. Start the day by looking yourself in the eye and making the commitment to do and be your best that day.

5. Make it your duty to inject people with hope.

6. How happy you are depends, to a very large degree, on your relationships with people.

7. There are three a’s that will give you excellence in life: attitude, aggressiveness and appearance.

8. If you learn from a defeat, you haven’t really lost.

9. Paint pictures in your mind of what you want to have happen.

10. When we do more than we are paid to do, eventually, we will be paid more for what we do.

11. The chains of habit are too weak to be felt, until they are too strong to be broken.

12. The successful person is somebody who has integrity and is consistent.



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WHILE ONLINE, recently, I found this story: While attending a car show, a guy stood admiring a brand-new Corvette. He said to no one in particular “I wonder how many people could have been fed for the money that sports car costs?”

The owner heard him and replied “I am not sure, but I do know it fed a lot of families in Bowling Green, Ky., who built it. It fed the people who made the tires, it fed the people who made the components that went into it. It fed the people in the copper mine who mined the copper for the wires.

“It fed people in Decatur, Ill., at Caterpillar, who made the trucks that hauled the copper ore. It fed the trucking people who hauled it from the plant to the dealer, and fed the people working at the dealership and their families. But I have to confess, I really don’t know how many people it fed.”

That is the difference between capitalism and the welfare mentality. When you buy something, you put money in people’s pockets and give them dignity for their skills.

When you give someone something for nothing, you rob them of their dignity and self-worth. Capitalism is freely giving your money in exchange for something of value.

Socialism is taking your money against your will and giving it to someone who hasn’t earned it. That doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for charity.