(Just a little side note to my non-LDS family and friends...I love the Church, I love serving in the Church...I've just had a few bad moments.)I am currently the stake building scheduler, and let me tell you, it is the MOST thankless calling I have EVER had!
I have never had a calling before where it was okay for people to yell at you, be rude to you, get mad at you, and generally not appreciate your work.
I am mostly a pretty assertive person (no comments from the peanut gallery, please). BUT, when it comes to church things I often bite my tongue when I might otherwise tell you to kiss my butt. I sort of feel like it's my obligation in serving to try and be kind, even when it's hard.
And boy, is it hard sometimes! Honestly, can you imagine yelling at your primary teacher because you didn't like how she taught the class, or getting angry at the Sunday school teacher because you didn't like where you were sitting. Of course not! But then again, people have no problem doing it to me when they don't like how the calendar has been set up, or they cannot get the building when they want it, or they don't like how the rooms have been allocated for people's various activities.
But honestly, people call here and they don't always know who I am or what my circumstances are...but they have no problem being something other than kind...and I have to say that I have learned a lot about people's true character in doing this job...because it isn't how you treat the stake president or the bishop that says anything about who you are...it's how you treat the faceless peon on the phone that really tells me something about you.
I guess I am just feeling frustrated because doing this is service...and even if that service isn't appreciated, it certainly shouldn't be criticized! It is all the more frustrtating for me because I really try to do a good job (and, not to toot my own horn, I think I have!).
But days like today make me want to ask for a raise.
Oh wait, I don't get paid.