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What do you do if you’re in a hostile working environment? Too many of us deal with this kind of thing, especially when you’re black. You’re doing the best you can, you have all the credentials, and you still find that for some reason, things aren’t going right. Maybe its that nasty lady down the hall, not being invited into the “good old boys club,” or just being mistreated for no good reason.
We’ve all gone through it, and some of us have figured out some tactics to get through. Nomalanga Mhauli-Moses lays her heart on the table and gives a very candid description of how she felt when she was going through the very same thing. As an empowerment expert, wife and mother, Nomalanga relates the struggles she’s experienced, and those that she continues to endure. All of us are in the same boat on many occasions and sometimes sharing the story with one another can help ease at least some of the pain.
The article by Nomalanga is below:
One day I woke up feeling so drained of energy that I just did not want to get out of bed. I forced myself out of bed, showered, got ready and hopped into my car and went to work. At work, I went through the motions as best as I could even though I felt like was about to collapse. That evening, as I sat on the couch at home, away from my children and my husband (they could all sense that it was best to stay away from their cranky mother/wife), I came to a realization. I was dying, slowly, but surely.
Every day, I woke up, took a shower, put on some make-up, did my hair and then walked, as a sheep, to my own slaughter. You see, the reason why I was dying was because I allowed myself to work in a work environment where there were people who were killing me. They didn’t hold a gun to my head or s**b me with a knife. That would be too outrageous-right?