Do you ever try to put yourself in another person’s life? Really, truly try to grasp how they live and what they’ve gone through. We of course will never know the way their life is, but sometimes it’s nice to put yourself in someone else’s shoes to make you grateful for what you have.
Last night, Nate and I were driving home from a Utah Jazz game and he brought up an issue he had with one of his coworkers. Nate has a supervisor role at a call center so he has to deal a lot with employee reviews and stuff like that. He took one of the reps aside to discuss some work stuff and the employee started crying and bringing up his past and pretty much told Nate his whole life story. Anytime Nate has to have a hard talk with one of the reps they always bring up this big, long sob story that really has nothing to do with the present issue. Poor hubby should be getting paid Psychiatrist wages, but isn’t J
As Nate was telling me this particular experience, I kind of got frustrated because it seems that people always have some sort of sob story behind every bad thing that happens in their lives. Why can’t people just realize that maybe they haven’t put in their hardest effort at work and that’s why the performance review sucks? Quit trying to get away with putting in less than 100% because of something that happened years ago!
Think of it this way, EVERYONE has a sob story. Whether it’s a divorce, abuse, drugs, health issues, etc. We have all had something that we can hide behind for the rest of our lives, but what’s the point. The best thing you can do with those life altering moments is learn from them, not hide from it. Instead of using your parents’ divorce as an excuse, use it as motivation to learn from mistakes they’ve made and make your relationship that much better. Instead of hiding behind years of drug use, teach others the impact it has had on your life. Maybe that one talk can save someone from going down the same road you’ve been down.
If I’ve learned anything from starting this blog, its’ that being open and informative about issues will change your life as well as others. Don’t be afraid to open up about issues you’ve dealt with, just remember to embrace them instead of using it as your “crutch” through life.
Hi my name is Whitney and I'm a mom to 2 adorable boys. Here you'll find our story of infertility, adoption, grief, and hope. I'm an open book so you'll never know what I'll post next!