What I am thinking about today – 9/11/2019
What I am thinking about today:
The one thing that seems in short supply as I watch the news and listen to people is hope. We are inundated with so much information, assaulted by attacks on people, and anger at anyone who is different, it feels like we are moving backward as a race. All we can do is be a bulwark against the forces of anger by being open to our fellow humans and treating them like people. To look for what we have in common, connecting over those things, and using that to understand the differences. It’s easy to give up and lock ourselves away, but that just means that the people wanting to drive us apart have the last word. You exist. You matter. And you are enough.
Not all of my thoughts are this uplifting. I have two examples below, so I guess I have more work to do.
Once again, a sick co-worker was unhappy that I called them a festering bag of disease. In my defense, they were sick, therefore a festering bag of disease.
I have a new co-worker who constantly turns to me for information. I have no problem with this normally, but the new people are supposed to ask for help from their trainers. So, I have had to direct him to his trainers for the last few weeks, even stating that I am not to help him if a trainer is available because they will tell me not to. In fact, I have had trainers come to my desk to tell me to redirect him to one of them. And yet, he still asks me. It is incredibly frustrating, in that he now says that I don’t want to help him and won’t talk to him. To be blunt, I am starting to resent that he keeps putting me in this position.
Much love to friends old and new, and I hope you aren’t put in a position where you have to be the jerk…and if you are, you can at least be kind about it.