Out of some little thing, too free a tongue / Can make an outrageous wrangle Euripides
We sometimes forget that mistakes people make – are nonsensical. Here’s an example. Last Saturday I brought down to the loading dock of the building where I live three bags of paper; a worker from the shredding company was waiting for the paper to load onto his truck. The bags were inside a wheeled, carry-all cooler that I use to cart around groceries and other items for my convenience. The worker took each bag out individually and when he looked down at the bottom of the carry all, he saw some items he decided were garbage. Which they weren’t. He didn’t say anything to me about these items, he did say something to someone else.
My apartment stored a vacuum cleaner which was broken and could not be repaired. I left the loading dock area and went back to my apartment to retrieve it. Another tenant saw me wheeling the vacuum cleaner, that I placed in the carry-all cooler toward the building recycling area; he offered help; he explained the vacuum cleaner had to be placed in a dumpster, not the recycling area because it had a plastic exterior cover. He wheeled the vacuum cleaner to the dumpster (which I didn’t know existed), lifted up the carry-all cooler that held the vacuum cleaner and hoisted it over the top of the dumpster is a few seconds. As I quickly said, “What are you doing? the carry-all cooler wasn’t even 2 years old; it is not garbage.” “Oh, yes it is, the man replied. The man outside (the shredding company worker) said your carry-all cooler carried garbage!” Huh! Needless to say, my wheeled carry-all cooler was removed from the dumpster, wiped clean, and is available for my use again. Gossip has a life of its own and spreads more quickly than the truth.
It’s important to remember, whatever is left for pickup anywhere outside, it is available for anyone to look through and use. Happily, no garbage was in my carry-all cooler and the misconception was corrected. No matter what your career path may be, let’s hope the perceptions we hold about someone else are based on reliable facts. As you Choose Who You Want to be Known As this week, enjoy a gossip-free day!
Mindfulness also is a platform that may be utilized when faced with the example I have shared with you: Observe, Describe, Accept, Don’t take it Personally and be Non-Judgmental. Again, enjoy your week!
“Jo Ann” M. Radja, Executive and Career Management Coach