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by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado

Monday, April 12, 2004
Rated "PG" by the Author.
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how i am faring lately...

author's note: i have been at my job for over four years, and i am still not making what i should be. i am barely making above minimum wage, and i have proven time and time again to be a hard and dedicated worker. sis does get more than me, but she isn't making nearly as much as she should be at her job, and she is treated worse than i am, and it really bothers me.

work hard, trying to make a buck,
pay my bills, try to change our luck.

work for low pay, not making much,
feel the sting of life's taunting touch.

i do my job, i do it well,
all i get is a lot of hell.

boss doesn't care, what is the use?
i'm feeling low, sad, and abused.

sis works hard, too, she is in pain;
she feels worthless, tears come again.

boss treats her bad, he doesn't care,
we both feel "why try? do we dare?"

sis is wore out, tired to the core,
i am angry, can't take much more.

what do we do? there seems no end,
on God we feel we can't depend.

Please pray for us, I ask today,
I feel hopeless, and...I can't pray.

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Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G 11/4/2007
I hope a LOT has changed for the both of you Karen! since this was written and experienced!
I do pray for a better tomorrow and for all your HARD and dedicated work to be well noticed!
The company sounds out of focus!
WArm hugs and love, Warrior Gypsy Lady Sheeeoox

STay POsitive!
You have a GREAT way to write Poems, very easy flow and nicely chosen words to express your heart and soul!
WE must be appreciated or companies will lack quality work, if the passion is missing, Oh oh, you're inspiring a write I feel coming...
Reviewed by The Smoking Poet 8/31/2005
Karen, I fear many many feel this way in our country today... surely we can all work together to make an administrative change. It is a basic human need, to feel productive and also -- to feel appreciated.
Reviewed by Monette Bebow-Reinhard (Reader) 7/7/2005
You've hit on the reason I've never lasted long in the work world. Work hard, be dedicated and still be mistreated. Doesn't seem right to me at all. Well put. You capture the pain well. Pain no one should feel.
Reviewed by Kathleen Herrick 2/22/2005
BEen there so I know. I feel for you deeply. I'll pray for you and your sweet sis. Take care! (((2hugs))) Kathy
Reviewed by Mitzi Jackson 9/24/2004
wow i am really sorry I missed this I sure do hope you both are feeling better, I know it is so hard when you know you is going to be life and that is the beauty Karen...we/you, your sis and I and plenty others have got to find things that bring us joy that makes us happy...for the most part there is always going to be bills to pay, jobs that we my hateand bosses too (smile) but there is still so much beauty in the world you can find it in a pebble that washed a shore or in an old picture of wonderful time, places and people and right here you are well loved and we enjoy your poems your rants your comments and reviews and for sure God loves you too!!!
you don't have to feel as if you can pray he knows your heart your mind....enjoy this life make a list two year, five year and work toward it little at a time but stop and enjoy

peace lady sorry for being late
I do hope you are feeling better
*much love
Reviewed by Amira van Kerk 7/2/2004
This is very sad.
I feel sorry for you.
Surely praying is a good thing to get the negative feelings out of your heart and head - but first of all I would start looking for a new job. Your boss has no right to treat you this way. Leave him and get yourself something better, where you working input is appreciated.
Reviewed by Ch'erie de Perrot 6/28/2004
You know something, I too get like this, and I cant pray either, but the Lord knows this, and he sends us a friend or friends, who Can!
I was down to the wire again the other night, and then a long life friend from NZ rang me, and I know she was praying for me too, it helped trememdously.

He knows what we need, before we even ask HIM, that's the wonder of HIM.
Hang in there sweetie, both of you ok. The Sun always comes out after a deluge.
Love n Hugs and Prayers
Reviewed by Joe McCarthy 6/27/2004
I hope you get better pay. You deserve it.
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 6/9/2004
Been there, felt that!! Now I'm writing for
peanuts & "exposure." Hope you find this thought
consoling: Virtually all the important work
is done by underpaid, underappreciated salt-of-
the earth individuals like you and karla [yes,
an' me:)] Dependability and the ability to
knuckle down and see a job through are about
as valued in the marketplace as compassion
and talent. Even education {like many others,l
I found myself 'overqualified'...meaning I
would cost too much}!! But that doesn't mean
things will not improve for you. So hang
in, luv, and stay who you are. Love, Carolina Pea
Reviewed by Cynth'ya 5/24/2004
pray, and hope that both of you will NEVER feel like you need to have a job--there are so many possibilities out there to do what you dream of doing. Just knock, it's never easy. And even if it means moving to a new area, in the end, this is the only earthly life we have and someone out there (like me) appreciates you very much. God allows us to endure, but will never put more on us than we can bear. If it hurts bad enough, eventually, something has GOT to give. So my prayer for you and your sister, Karen, is this:

"Dear God, please soften the heart of this boss, or provide a way for the mountain of pain to be removed. In Jesus name, Amen!"
Reviewed by Michelle Smolen 5/17/2004
I feel you so much in this, but do not despare. Hope and faith are powerful instruments to inner peace. Rely on them and they will see you through. ((((((((BIG HUGS)))))))))
Peace be with you and your sister,
Reviewed by Ian Thorpe 5/16/2004
Workers of the world unite, you have nothing to lose but your chains...oops, Karl Marx will go down like a Lead Zeppelin at this site. He had a point though. But there is always hope Karen, be strong - and believe in yourselves. Things will get better I'm sure.
Reviewed by Rose L 5/9/2004

You and Karla possess the most valuable of all gifts - each other. There will never be a job or person who can keep the two of you down for long! Prayer or not - you already have the energy within you to put us all to shame with your combined talents. Texas is one lucky state and AD is one lucky site to have you both......enough said.

Reviewed by Lori Moore 5/8/2004
This is sad. I pray things change for both of you.
Reviewed by Patricia Gomes 5/8/2004
You'll both be in my prayers today, sweetie.

I can tell you that a pay raise (or a winning scratch ticket) would do me a world of good, too!

Just look at all the friends you two have here at AD - that alone is worth its weight in gold.

I'm sending you both all the positive thoughts I can muster FREE of charge! {hugs}
Reviewed by Ann Piatt 5/6/2004
Struggling financially can get anyone's spirits down...i know that firsthand...have been there...always seem to be just on the verge of being there. But, i just always try to remember that God has never let me sink yet...and i have faith that he never will. This was well said. The best of luck to you!

Reviewed by Abe Rossi (Reader) 5/5/2004
The power is in the prayer...sometimes God does not answer our prayers in the time frame we would like...but rest assured He does answer's nice to be back at AD and still see your are in my prayers and KEEP THE FAITH...thanx for sharing...PEACE ABEL
Reviewed by Zenith Elliott 5/4/2004
God always hears our prayers, words, thoughts, deeds...keep the faith better days are coming! Peace and best wishes always ~Z~
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 5/2/2004
Hi Karen and Karla:

You are both in my prayers! May God bless you both!

~ Sandie Angel a.k.a. May Lu ~
Reviewed by Thomas Lanechanger 5/2/2004

It’s a sad state of affairs whenever companies, or its managers cannot understand that its people are its most important asset!!! ‘Some days are easier than others’, hope things CHANGE for the better for the two of you.

Good luck,
Reviewed by na na (Reader) 5/1/2004
Hi my Texas tornado! How are you dear? I hope wonderful! Karen, life can be one hell of a rat race, and it is stressed filled for most of us. Those who have means of economic fluidity, and don't have to slave to earn a living; have other things that equally stress them out. Join the crowd Karen, for we do empathize with you. hugs and love Bill
Reviewed by Charles Mann (Reader) 4/28/2004
Peace and prayers to you both my friends,,keep faith nothing is impossible,I know,I,m still here,,(smile)Take Care,,
Reviewed by Josephine Bohen 4/24/2004
"what do we do? there seems no end,
on God we feel we can't depend."

Have to disagree with this....yes you can, know it for a fact. He's my Father.

Reviewed by Mark Mahoney 4/21/2004
Have faith even when you feel you shouldnt or are just not able to, think for a moment that things WILL get better cause you belive in them, not in the tyrants and bullys you meet in your work, they my friend will get there just rewards and it aint from the lord, take care of one another Karen,in this world having someone to love is worth more than anything, i'll pray for you both, take good care...Mark xx
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 4/20/2004
hello Karen i'll be praying for us all. i could use a lotto jackpot along now. very good rant of a write. believe me you're not alone. l&p G
Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya 4/20/2004
My prayers are with you n luck...BHUWAN
Reviewed by andrea coltman 4/19/2004
Sometimes, just sometimes there is a glimmer of hope and I just hope that there will be more than that for both you and really both deserve a whole sun rather than just a wishes Andrea
Reviewed by Franz Kessler 4/19/2004
Honest and so true picture of reality. Probably you are by far too nice. Having a good job in a service company means to be shrewd and evil. See everything as a bad joke, and don't give your best for these monkeys in paper monkey shops. You have to kick the butts of those who won't ever be your friends anyhow. Bad managers and accountants smile only when put under fire. So, if you want to have a career, be a little evil. Remember, in bad service companies, the assholes fly high. Franz
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 4/17/2004
I think at this time all I can do is pray for you. Je suis content que tu/vous êtes mon amie. Amour et paix. Régis
Reviewed by Louise Roarty (Reader) 4/17/2004
Honest and well written
Reviewed by Rebekah Rosie Lang 4/17/2004
Karen and Karla, I know things are not going well, but do not give up HOPE, okay? Where would the world be without HOPE? In Hell I would think! Things are not going better on my end either but I have not given up hope! I shall be praying for you two!
Reviewed by James Justice 4/17/2004
Karen, I feel so bad for you. But just know that everyone at sometime in their lives go through tuff times at work. At least I know I have. Keep your chin up, It will eventually turn around.
Reviewed by Roxanne Smolen 4/17/2004
There is much emotion in these words, and I think many of us can identify with these feelings. All you can hope for is the strength to make a change. Keep writing!
Reviewed by Hooves Of Fire (Reader) 4/17/2004
I hope that you will find the strength to make a change. I think God hears prayers and poems also. I pray that things will get better and you will find what you need - to do something that you love to do and be treated right. This poem touches a lot of us I think who might be in similar situations.
Reviewed by Randal Files (Reader) 4/15/2004
Funny, but I bet God hears the prayer in your poem. May God bless you and your sister.
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 4/14/2004
You and Karla both remain in my prayers...
God Bless
Reviewed by Gwen Dickerson 4/14/2004
I read your sincere, emotive poem and I am deeply moved by its sense of beauty, yet dismay. I am always so impressed with your love of God and the love for each other that you two sisters profess! I'm praying that God will bless you and that we and others will all flood you both with encouragement, prayers, ideas and assistance, in any way that we can. Hang in there, you two, hand in there!
Reviewed by Theresa Koch 4/13/2004
This was a wonderful piece your expressions touched my heart...
Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 4/13/2004
Touching and wonderfully expressed prose - always praying for you!

Reviewed by Bob Holt (Reader) 4/13/2004
I hope it gives you some relief to have the ability to express that as well as you did. Don't ever feel hopeless, a lot of people just don't appreciate good, honest work. I'm glad you're both still trying, and I hope a better job comes up for you.
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 4/13/2004
You are both in my prayers for new jobs that will keep both of you smiling on a difficult path.
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 4/12/2004
This just touched my heart, I wish that you could both get better jobs, but it seems so many employers treat their best workers the same way! You are in my prayers, both of you, take heart,

Reviewed by Ed Matlack 4/12/2004
Hey send me the address of the parent company that owns that restaurant and I will write to them, telling them I ate there and was appaled (sp?) by the way the manager treats those twins that work there, I can lie as easily as the next person, LOL! Keep writing it out, it can't hurt...Peace, ED & Rufuz
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 4/12/2004
Hope it will get better for you two.
Stuff doesn't last forever.
Your friend always........Ron
Reviewed by Katy Walsvik 4/12/2004
At the risk of shameless self-promotion, Karen, m'dear, try reading my poem, Don't Mess With Me.. I'm available on alternate Tuesdays strictly for "stomping" on insensitive "big shots" at work.. LOL. Don't let em push you around... talk to them.. now! I'm sorry it's the "pits" just now... we've all been there... tell them. You might be surprised to find that they'll listen. Hope it works out for you.... you've got a marvelous and clever mind... let them see it! Sigh... I'm a 'big talker'.. LOL. Good luck! katy xox.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 4/12/2004
Awwwww Karen this is really sad....I am prying for better thing okay!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 4/12/2004
He hears your heart, prayer is more than words. I Love you both.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 4/12/2004

all i can suggest is to keep working and to not give up--maybe one day our luck will change and that boss will be outta there (we can only hope)

keep expressing yourself and keep writing--powerful emotive write--well done! one of the best you've done

(((HUGS))) and love, karla. :)
Reviewed by George Carroll 4/12/2004
A number of reviewers have given you sage advice. Don't lose hope and explore all avenues that might lead to a better situation. You have the power in your own mind and hands. You have been in my prayers. Hang in there and give God a chance. Check out the want ads and see if there is a job that you can do that will be more rewarding for you.
Reviewed by Andrea Da Costa (Reader) 4/12/2004
Glad you got your feelings out in this poem....I can relate to how you feel. Don't give up hope, keep working and keep looking for how you can improve just never know what tomorrow will bring.
My thoughts are with you
Reviewed by Judith Pleasant 4/12/2004
Hi my dear Karen.
Ever heard- take this job and shove it?
That is what you and sis will be doing soon. I don't think I have ever given inspirational messages on this site before but it sounds like you need guidance- now-. I see a lot of creativity coming through both you and your sisters hands. Using flowers. You will do very well. You will find the help you need to get this business started. It will be very successful, both financially and emotionally. You need to start looking into your options. There is help for you and sis. Take charge and go after what you want. God can put things in front of you, but you must use your will to go after things that will make your life better.
Most of all, you must never lose sight of the fact that God will get you through any situation, if you have faith and don't give up on him.
Don't ever lose faith and most of all don't stop praying. PRAYERS ARE ANSWERED.
In a few months you will be feeling entirely different about your life, but you must take charge and help things to come to fruition.
Go for it.
My prayers of healing and help are with you.
Love and Blessings,
Reviewed by Robert Blackwell (Reader) 4/12/2004
Floria said everything I had thought of, but I will add my own love and prayers for both of you. {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{hugs}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}
Reviewed by A PAX 4/12/2004
you got it.......
and you will get it!!!
all the good........
Reviewed by john zimmerman 4/12/2004
i, we, will pray for you
but you've got to makes something happen
we can not do that for you

believe in yourself

Reviewed by E T Waldron 4/12/2004
Karen, it is natural to feel like this ! I think we need to allow these negative feelings to come out until they are used up and defeated. We can't bury the truth of situations. However, we should take the steps to change them. Think of those with less, don't envy those with more, you never know what they may be going through . When you can pray. Ask for the strength and attitude to accept what you have and be thankful, since we can't alway change our circumstance , we can change our attitude. More isn't always better. Try to do as God asked us to. Suffer in His name, and soon you'll be thinking more positively.He loves you enough to help, if you let Him!
He can't do it if you turn away from Him.You and Karla are so special,He loves you both as His children! I know you'll get through this, and I'll keep you in prayer!
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 4/12/2004
Do what you're both good at and work for yourselves, be your own bosses, in the great AMER-I-CAN dream scheme.Your life is yours to grasp..

Reviewed by Floria Kelderhouse (Reader) 4/12/2004
karen...He will never leave you....I find
that when things go bad...It is I who lets
go of His hand...No He that lets go of mine..
with belief comes must keep
believing that He is there for you...we never know
why we must live the life that is assigned to us..
it is like looking through a thick glass now...but
one day that glass will be taken away...and we will
know why we had to endure all that we did..stay
strong...all you really have is the faith inside of you
and that is the one thing that no one on this earth
can take away from you...You and Karla are in my
Reviewed by Sarah Tagert 4/12/2004
hate to hear you are in this situation. You and Karla are in my thoughts and prayers more than ever.

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