I used to think people who hung inspirational posters in their cubicles to keep them going through the day were kind of pathetic.
They were the twitchy type, the kind that could snap any moment.
I used to dread going to work for fear that one of them would crawl out on a ledge. I wouldn’t know what to do in that situation. Should I try to talk them down, or encourage them to jump, by showing them one of their inspirational posters one last time. Maybe the one that says YOU CAN DO IT! superimposed on a dewy meadow.
Pathetic or not, you can’t blame people for wanting to eke a modicum of joy from their inane work life. But you can help them improve their taste.
Most inspirational posters are hackneyed, life-affirming snippets that make you want to poke your eyes out. It’s usually something Gandhi or Maya Angelou said, and a picture of a mountain or a beach or a trailer park. Needless to say, these posters speak to everyone, which means they speak to nobody in particular.
That’s why I’m introducing a new feature: Basement Life Business Learnings ¡nspirationa!s.
These are little phrases, observations and bon mots superimposed on beautiful, professional-esque photographs, customized to address your specific feelings about your particular shitty job.
Feel free to peruse them. Select the one(s) you like, print them out, and tack them on your wall. You’ll thank me later.