I’m not writing this to whinge or complain but to point out that I have been reminded that I should be grateful for everything that comes my way; even the mean people who set out to spoil my day.
On the whole, I’ve had an okay day. There are a couple of colleagues who can be quite unpleasant and, unfortunately, I had to say something today.
Some people mistake my friendly demeanour for me being a doormat. My willingness to accommodate and take lessons or move rooms at short notice is being abused and today I was told I should get my class to tidy the department, as if it could only be my students who created mess – doesn’t she know I am OCD? The department was a giant dustbin when I arrived and I’ve done nothing to add to that chaos.
I politely challenged this one woman who has had an “issue” with me since day one. Here we are again, another insecure person feeling threatened by me just getting on and doing my job. That’s all I can think it must be.
I have made every effort to be enthusiastic, friendly and supportive of her, personally and professionally, but that appears to have made her up her game from subtle to blatant bully.
Why do such petty people have to try and spoil your day?!
I am thankful to people like this for showing me that their drama or “issue” is not about me and should not have an impact upon how I go about my day.
Don’t get me wrong, it is tedious but I am reminded to practice compassion or politely respond then walk away – either way, the negativity slides off and I’m able to get on with my day.