The Best And Worst Of Humanity

When you work with the public in any form, I think ya see a bit of both.

I’ve had the occasional person look at me with hatred, when their credit card doesn’t go through.

If it’s not very much, such as a $5.00 total, I’ll sneakily try to pay it- hopefully my bosses don’t catch on…awkward shuffling of feet (FIRED if so, heheh!) :flushed: Gulps

But much of the time it’s a three-hundred-Dollar amount, their card isn’t working, and their anger is turned towards me.

Shudders :flushed:

And I DO understand. I know this must be awfully frustrating, for a person! Especially if they’re in a hurry, etc. And I’m honestly blessed! I don’t usually get grumpy folks, at work.

But it does wear on the soul.

And sometimes, when on my way to work, I whisper the line from T.S Elliot’s Ash Wednesday (Funnily enough)

”Teach me to care, and not to care. Teach me to be still.”

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But ya know what…?

Most people are WONDERFUL! :blush: Kind, friendly.

Sometimes, I get to hear a little girl or boy say, “Gramma, gramma!” as they bug their grandparents, And I’m reminded of when I was that age, and how awesome my grandparents are. :blush:

Sometimes, I get to meet new people, and we strike up an awesome friendship!

Sometimes, I get to see tiny little babies, days after they’re born, brought in by sleepy mothers on hurried shopping trips. :heart:

And sometimes, all is right with the world. :blush:

So I guess my lesson from all this is to take the good and the bad, and to accompany people. To always try to walk a mile in their shoes, (Even when they’re grumpy) :blush:

Just some afternoon thoughts~

Don’t put your job in jeopardy!!! Also, be careful, people could take advantage of your kindness.

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I see that where I work, in care, many people don’t want to be there and make pretty awful carers whereas some are very caring.

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Thank you, that’s a really wise point! I’ve been a little more discerning, with my actions- it’s super hard for me to be “stern” with people. I’m always worried about hurting others’ feelings! :blush:

But, I’ve realized sometimes I HAVE to be firm and just say, “I’m sorry, your card is not working- do you have another form of payment?” (Rather than using my own money to pay for them!)

It sounds like you work with a lot of people as well! :heart: Thank you for all you do. I know how hard it is to work around those who are unkind or don’t seem to have a lotta empathy.

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Don’t apologize, it is not your fault.

“Sir or Maam, this card has been declined. Do you have another form of payment?”

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Thank you so much! :blush: You’re right! I’m going to try to take this advice. :heart:

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