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Don't worry Kristen, I have just the trick: Inanna, the Babylonian goddess of love, fertility and war. She was the boss of heaven, and she couldn't even take a vacation without people trying to muscle in on her territory. Once she went to visit her sister Ereshkigal in hell. You think the TSA is a pain? At each gate of hell she had to relinquish one item of clothing. Finally, when she ran out of clothing, she had to relinquish her personality, her authority, even her soul! Buck naked and a mere shell of a body (which is exactly how flying coach can make anyone feel), she finally got to hell and her sister killed her.
Drama, blah, blah, blah. She finally worked it out and went home to discover that her own husband--Dumuzi--has moved right into her office. He wasn't even mourning her death! He was laughing over how he'd used the pension fund to buy himself a new corporate jet. This during a recession when he'd totally cut healthcare benefits!
Inanna took one look at him and she was all, "You are out of here, dude!" She totally canned his ass and made him take her place in hell. The bastard!
Good news though, Inanna was able to reclaim her position. She sold the stupid jet. Re-funded the pension and became an active advocate for a single-payer health care system.
Inanna reminds us that work (and vacations) can be hell. When that happens, all you can do is hold on to the things that make you you. Don't relinquish yourself. Not for anyone! Not for the TSA. Definitely not for coach! And absolutely not for difficult co-workers and unpleasant bosses. You belong to you. Become a guerrilla agent for yourself. When I had the crazy boss, I installed a large plastic goose in my cubicle. Tragically, that was my daring attempt to stick it to the man. It wasn't much, but everyone thought that goose was pretty strange, and that made me feel rebellious. You can't own me corporate America! Not then! Not now! Not ever! (Of course, that might mean more if corporate America actually wanted to own me. Damn you corporate America! Why don't you want me?)
Channel Inanna: When dealing with job stress and drama, when co-workers are horning in on your position, when work just isn't what you want it to be.
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