As I post this, some of my co-workers are being suckered in a lunch time on site "meeting" of an initial presentation given by someone from "Landmark Education" -- yesterday the office manager came through with a brochure that I took a cursory glance at. I was immediately suspicous in that it seemed like an exprensive brochure, with a lot of testimonials from some well known people who attested to how "life transforming" this "education" could be. Having previously opted out at a session at a former work place who'd tried a similar thing on with "The Secret" my antennae was up.
Well, today, this seminar guy shows up. I and another cowoker are not "in the little circle" "sharing."
The two young bosses were probably told it was some sort of "power of positive thinking" thing. Whatever. Don't know. The seminar guy is taking people through the first steps of a little work book "What's missing in my life" "What's not working."
Fortu,nately I take my own computer to work and was able to quickly look up "Landmar Education" and find out that in France and Belgium it's listed as a cult. I was not entralled with other things I read either. I was able to quietly call over another co-worker. He's a southern guy and likely very religious and showed him my screen, and he's also stayed out of the little circle. The other people more than likely didn't do a "check."
Great. First under assault from the priest at church trying to make me ignore the Eucharist, and now THIS "thing" at work.
"Bella premunt hostilia" really takes on more and more layers of meaning.
How long, oh Lord?
[At the beginning of the hour the "instigator" said "you need to move your chair over in this area" and I said "Gotta check my email" -- well, I've been "checking." They haven't tried again to make the other co-worker or myself come over. Yet. If they do, there will be a polite ear full.
This is not a time I need to lose my job at the moment, and they'd better not press it!
[Update: the thing ran an hour and forty minutes and it wasn't supposed to go over an hour. My one co-worker and I had a lovely long lunch, checking up on email and facebook, with both of us posting what BS it all was.!] I think the boss was less than thrilled.