We are who we are…

Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” -Matthew 19:21

On April 8th, my current contract as a Programmer Analyst at M&T Bank will be coming to an end. So here I am, looking once again. If you are interested in knowing what I do and perhaps can help, have a look at my Professional page.

In a nutshell, I am just report developer who loves to mine and analyze data in a database. In other words, I make data more user friendly for others to use. I like to use Business Objects / Crystal Reports and SSRS. Instead of wasting time putting together spreadsheets so that informed decisions can be made, I make the data “decision-ready”. I like to build stored procedures, views, triggers, and fancy front ends. Another word for what I do is called Business Intelligence. If you are not sure what all this means since I am now past the 30 second “interview in an elevator” point, ask your IT department what all this means.

Now since I am looking, I really need to present myself in a professional and highly reputable manner. People who know me will vouch for that in addition to a few other character traits. Some will say I am hyper, others will say I am competitive, yet others will call me very smart. I am sure there are a few expletives in there, good and bad. And those who don’t, you’ll find me all over the internet for you to draw your own conclusions. I am probably in more search results than there is space junk circling the earth.

Now that I have a blog and I do write about personal reflections some of which may contain verses from the Bible, others which may sound like a pity party because of my lousy hearing, and others which sound like I am greed because I am looking for a job. Plus I post on Facebook and Twitter and more often in a corny way. People tell me to be careful what I do and say. After all, perception is 9/10ths reality, right?

When I read about how to portray one’s self and how to be careful about what I say, I sometimes looks back and have some regrets. Because of the internet, that is next to impossible to reverse.

And that brings up the verse I posted, above. We are not perfect and we can’t be. We can make subtle changes in our lives and become a little more aware. We can at least try to be a little more perfect than we are (less imperfect might be a more politically correct term). But I highly doubt we would sell everything and give to the poor. So that means….we are not totally and completely perfect.

That brings up the point of who we are. I am a good, honest, caring, sensitive human being. I surround myself with people of similar nature. And I accept people for what they are. So as I embark on my career search once again, please take a moment to accept me for who I am and not for what I write here or say on Facebook and Twitter. Think about yourself as if I am in your shoes looking from the outside in. After all, we are who we are…

2 comments for “We are who we are…

  1. Martha
    March 18, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Sam, this may be absolutely none of my business but living here in WalMart country my thoughts naturally turn there. I wonder if they might have something available. You might have to relocate and that might not be an option for you and the family; I don’t know your circumstances. Just wanted to throw that out…they do have IT jobs open and you might be able to eventually segue into a nonprofit job should one come available. Best of luck to you…my husband has been unemployed for over 2 years now and I pray that you will get a job before your current contract runs out. I’ll keep you and your family in my prayers.

  2. March 21, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Sam, I’m glad I found your updated blog. I wasn’t paying attention that you were no longer with “Blogger”.

    I love this Bible verse, don’t you? We all have to “give up” various things in order to follow God. It’s not easy, and we must make sacrifices.

    As to regrets… I have only known you to be “real”. I think that is much more important than sugar-coating things. I know you are an athlete who pushes to be competitive in everything you do. But that is what makes you such a great advocate, employee, friend, and person! It’s important to be real about the “bad days” too because others see how we get THROUGH those days. Best of luck in finding a new position.

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