On Being Human

Thursday, April 6th, 2017 1
Posted in: Community, Funk, Refocus

A little on being human and owning your shit…

Context: I’m not having a great week…not feeling like the shiniest version of myself these days (my former students will smile at that part).

Situation: I go to the post office this morning to mail off some things. One of the items is fragile. The woman waiting on me suggests I use a different packaging option than the bubble-wrap mailer I used and already addressed. She says that 70-pound boxes could be stacked on top and that I might want to use a box so my package doesn’t get damaged.

My reaction: I get frustrated. I audibly sigh (and I HATE sighing). I stomp over to the shipping box options. I’m snippy with her as she is trying to HELP me. I reluctantly take a box down from the shelving and stomp back over to her counter. I start addressing the box, sighing a bit more. And then it hits me.

Aha: I’m being an asshole to her. And my asshole-ness has nothing to do with her and everything to do with me.

My response: I stop writing the address. Look up and into this woman’s eyes and say, “I’m sorry. I’m not upset with you. I’m not in a good mood and I got snippy with you. I’m really sorry. I know you are trying to help me.”

Her response: “Thank you. And I understand.”

We went on to have a nice conversation. As two human beings. As two people in an ordinary situation that could have left us both feeling pretty crappy. And instead, I worked to pause, take a breath, and own my shit.

Here’s to being human and catching ourselves in it so we can respond and not react. Big love to you, friends. xoxo

One Response

  1. Lisa Gordon says:

    Good for you!!
    I am very sure that both of you felt so much better.
    We’ve all been here, I am sure. 🙂

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