I’m really glad I didn’t give up alcohol for Lent.
So I’m at the FedEx store today to send off MilestonePods to the giveaway winners and all of a sudden this girl who’s probably about my age starts raging on the girl working behind the counter because she doesn’t feel like she’s being helped fast enough. “She’s in a hurry,” and “her mom is in the car.” Well unless her mom is two years old, which is highly unlikely since this chick was at least 30, mom can suck it up and wait. She was just so rude! Huffing and puffing, arms crossed, chin up in the air (not even kidding)… I wanted to deck her. Honestly. What makes her think it’s okay to behave like that? There were only two people working behind the counter, seemingly doing the best that they could, as fast as they could…. chill the F out. I seriously had to bite my tongue. I sure hope that is the most awful thing that ever happens to her because I highly doubt she could deal with much “worse.” I was appalled and embarrassed on behalf of the human race.
Hang on, need more wine.
Alright… next errand… manicure. Chitchatting and joking with the lady doing my nails when she starts apologizing profusely…. I had no idea for what she had to be sorry, we were having a delightful conversation. My expression must have denoted my confusion as she went on to explain that she was apologizing for repeating a lot of the words that I said. She continued that she has only been in the States for 3 years and is still struggling with learning English – repeating what people say helps her learn. I told her I completely understood and that honestly I hadn’t even noticed. At that, she stopped apologizing and started thanking me… again confused, this time I asked why she was thanking me. Turns out she’s had many people criticize and even scold her for repeating words after they have been spoken. Come on! Who would do that? She was the sweetest person, a fantastic (to the point of perfection) nail technician and the dear thing is apologizing to me and thanking me left and right because as it turns out the general public treats her like crap. And again I find myself stunned that people can act so appalling.
I reiterate. What the F is wrong with people?
When did we become such a “Me, Me, Me” society? One in which there are no second thoughts about treating other human beings like complete crap. Remember that whole Golden Rule thing, here’s a news flash… it’s not overrated…. and in case you need a refresher, it doesn’t say anything about being an a%* hole.
Where’s the decency? The compassion? The good? This is certainly not the first time I’ve witnessed such behavior – it was just a lot in one day. Do people really think that just because someone’s on the other side of the counter or the register or the drive-thru window that they deserve less respect than anyone else? These are REAL PEOPLE. They have real feelings, real things going on in their lives, real families, and their own real issues to deal with – they don’t need you to treat them like 2nd class citizens.
Here’s an idea…. just breathe…. think before you speak. Is the current situation so unbearable, so detrimental to your well-being that you have to be so mean to a perfect stranger?
Going back to the chick from FedEx… when she left, I’m sure she got in the car with her mom (poor dear mommy who had been waiting) and ranted and raved for a few minutes until she was on to something else and didn’t give it another thought. But what about the lady at FedEx that she blew up at? Will she be over it in a few minutes or will she replay the situation over and over again in her head, wondering what she did wrong, what she could have done better…. guilt ridden for making that poor mom wait in the car? Maybe that was just the straw that broke the camels back…. what if she was already having a horrible day… what if something was going on at home… what if… what if…. anything….. you just don’t know.
Here’s an idea…. just be nice. And here’s a tip… typically people who are nice tend to get “their way” a lot more often than when you act like a complete *%&(#$)&. I’m willing to bet, in fact, I can almost guarantee… that if those who walk around with a chip on their shoulder treating everyone they encounter like gum stuck to the bottom of their shoe just tried being nice, and sweet, and kind…. they’d actually be happier people themselves.
Please don’t get my wrong, my intention is not to come across as “holier than thou”, I’ve got all of the answers, I’m a perfect person… I will be the first to admit I’ve had my share of moments where I’ve treated people poorly and acted inappropriately… but it ends here. Life is too freakin’ short to be a jerk.Let's Connect!
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