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    Out In The Woods

    I'm a newbe here. This is my first post. Now that I'm living in the mountains (60 miles west of Sacramento, CA), it's not as easy for me to meet with students of the Dharma as it was when I lived in Tempe, AZ, so I've joined some Buddhist forums for online activity.

    In Tempe I was a pharmacy technician working for a major Pharmacy Benefit Management company (name withheld). Even though it didn't have the best of reputation for quality of service to the patient, myself and co-workers were often able to correct errors generated by the system. We felt good when we were able to improve things for patients across America depending upon this company to deliver their maintenance meds.

    Then the company got all "6sigma" and "Lean." Quantity replaced quality. All the internal controls we had created to reduce errors were tossed out for being "not value added."
    My motivation to work there evaporated. It was difficult to feel I was doing good for the patients. It became a Right Livelihood issue for me.

    Of course I wasn't engaged in illegal activities. After the company get into legal hot water, it did reinstate some controls to meet state regulations. But as for quality for the patients, our head manager told us the company didn't have a budget for issues of "Patient Abrasion" at the present time.

    I'm single, so I didn't have the consideration that I was at least doing good for my family by keeping that job. I felt that Right Livelihood also entails being able to believe in what you are doing, and that you are doing no harm.

    So I quit a couple of weeks ago. I had been unable to find another job to go to, so I took up a friend's request that I help her with her 86 year old father who had a stroke and can't be left at home alone to his own misadventures.

    This is better. It's truly value added for me.

    But I'm a bit isolated now, living in the woods. It's lovely for meditation, but I miss the group I attended back in Tempe.

    Perhaps I'll find some online fellowship.

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    Hi Nodobotoke 108,

    Thank you for introducing yourself - and welcome to BWB.

    With kind regards,

    Aloka

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    Hi Nodobotoke108,

    Welcome to Buddhism Without Bondaries!

    Woodscooter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nodobotoke108 View Post
    I'm a newbe here. This is my first post. Now that I'm living in the mountains (60 miles west of Sacramento, CA), it's not as easy for me to meet with students of the Dharma as it was when I lived in Tempe, AZ, so I've joined some Buddhist forums for online activity.

    In Tempe I was a pharmacy technician working for a major Pharmacy Benefit Management company (name withheld). Even though it didn't have the best of reputation for quality of service to the patient, myself and co-workers were often able to correct errors generated by the system. We felt good when we were able to improve things for patients across America depending upon this company to deliver their maintenance meds.

    Then the company got all "6sigma" and "Lean." Quantity replaced quality. All the internal controls we had created to reduce errors were tossed out for being "not value added."
    My motivation to work there evaporated. It was difficult to feel I was doing good for the patients. It became a Right Livelihood issue for me.

    Of course I wasn't engaged in illegal activities. After the company get into legal hot water, it did reinstate some controls to meet state regulations. But as for quality for the patients, our head manager told us the company didn't have a budget for issues of "Patient Abrasion" at the present time.

    I'm single, so I didn't have the consideration that I was at least doing good for my family by keeping that job. I felt that Right Livelihood also entails being able to believe in what you are doing, and that you are doing no harm.

    So I quit a couple of weeks ago. I had been unable to find another job to go to, so I took up a friend's request that I help her with her 86 year old father who had a stroke and can't be left at home alone to his own misadventures.

    This is better. It's truly value added for me.

    But I'm a bit isolated now, living in the woods. It's lovely for meditation, but I miss the group I attended back in Tempe.

    Perhaps I'll find some online fellowship.
    I'm Wyatt and I also am a newbe at this web-site. I understand very well; when it's time to go--it's time to go. As a Buddhist I practice taking one day at a time. Correct Mindfulness -- always. Why? I can't explain how it works, it's just that I know it does work. For a 4-month period in my life, very recent, I was shown unbelievable kindness and compassion, mostly from strangers. Even in a Thai jail, the concern and compassion was such that I was either in awe or praying. Now in the present I have not forgotten what I learned in a Thai jail; and too am looking for a job. That does not preclude me from helping others, being as generous as possible, as I got more time than money, always having right mindfulness.

    There are no easy answers, but it sounds like you are on the right track.
    Best of everything Wyatt

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    Aloka and Woodscooter,

    Thanks for the welcome!
    I'll read some postings and make so replies.

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    Wyatt,

    Thank you for your kind words.
    My given name is Patrick, so I'm always telling folks "I don't have any Pat Answers."
    As you I take each day's opportunity for Mindfulness.
    My daily meditation practice helped me a lot with job related stress and also gave me the conviction and courage to move on.

    Blessings on the job search. I hope you find something right for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nodobotoke108 View Post
    Thanks for the welcome!
    I'll read some postings and make so replies.

    I'll look forward to that.

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    "Wherever you go there you are," said a wise teacher to me when I moved away years ago, but living where I do now I have a group, finally. I think you should use your alone time to study the dharma and meditate. In time you may find Buddhists like you who have no sangha. And there you will be with wise people who need to connect.

    By the way I am new here too.

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