Protect me from my friends,
For I know who my enemies are.
I remember reading this somewhere, I think someone wrote that in our college yearbook. I've come to appreciate the truth in that.
Office politics sucks, kan? Thankfully in these almost 10 years of worklife, I've always been an observer on the sidelines. No major involvement, but a sting occassionally terkena gak. I've seen some pretty horrendous acts by two-faced lizards done upon unsuspecting people. Di depan kawan, di belakang setan. And if black magic gets into the equation, lagi haru!
Since aku membesar di kalangan kengkawan (boarding school since age 12), friends have always been a major part of my life (but of course family is still numero uno). I am thankful for the handful of precious gems I've kept since school & college days - yes Kaez, you're one of 'em :-) Friends from back then take me as I am, as I do (take) them too, warts & all. We are not afraid to ask for help, and we give help, no questions asked. We are not afraid to bare our souls, as we know that we will not pass judgement on each other. The friendship is unconditional.
But once I joined the workforce, boy it was a whole different can of tuna. How do I differentiate the kaca from the permata? Who can I trust, who can I count on? Who will take advantage on me? Who will backstab me? Who will step on others just to reach to the top? Will they stop at nothing to get what they want?
Aku malas nak pikir semua tu, boleh gila dibuatnya kalau terpaksa kerja 9 jam sehari dalam environment was-was dan sangkaburuk. Baik aku jadik kodok duduk diam-diam, janji kerja jalan. Dan kodok ini akan terus memerhati sang ular, sang biawak, sang monyet dan sang kelembai bermain wayang di luar sana.