It is hard not to become jaded at times working in a local authority. The last few years of austerity have made things harder than we would like. I think that was the point. There is also a long held public belief that what we do is easy. Some, however, is tortuous. And then there is the whole sack cloth and ashes stuff.
But being jaded has nothing to do with jade, the stone or the colour. There are not armies of greenish people wandering the corridors of County Hall. If there are, they are more likely to be suffering from envy. Can you be jade-green with envy?
A jade is another name for a worn-out, broken-down, worthless, or vicious horse. Being jaded refers to being like a tired horse rather than tinged with green. Strangely the root of the word comes from the flank as it was believed that the stone could cure renal colic. It is amazing what you can learn using a search engine.
Am I jaded at work? Perhaps I am worn-out and broken down at times but I have not lost any of my enthusiasm for what I am trying to achieve. Today I have focussed my attention on the new Customer Relationship Management system and being clear about what our minimum viable product is before we fall into project creep. I followed this with data again. I want to understand how we drive benefit out of an Open Data approach and found some useful stuff thanks to some new found Twitter friends. Finally I started the planning for the next round of presentations which start in May. This time Peter is going to help me.
I must admit that I do find it more and more difficult to drag my carcass out of bed in the morning. This is something to do with age rather than enthusiasm. Perhaps a trip to the glue factory is approaching.