November 10, 2013
enjoying her garden
When you are involved as a caretaker, other things in life take on a different level of importance. I can appreciate how a company may have been "too busy" to place an order in advance and they may want 80 bags next week. Or is it that they just didn't respect me and what I do enough to order in advance? Hmmm...interesting question! I have a crude saying (CRUDE ALERT!) "I don't just pull these bags out of my butt! I actually have to MAKE them!" I am committed to my career but I also have a life. I have a husband, a yard, and I have a family member who I help to look after. I have to consider what constitutes an emergency. I may have just been up all night wondering if this is my mother-in-law's last night on this earth. When I come home, I do my best to shake off what I may have been dealing with and I jump back into work mode but EVERYBODY has something that they are dealing with in their life.
I have learned that concept more than once in my life and because of it, I try to live a life of compassion. I do try to consider what others may be going through. If somebody cuts me off in traffic, instead of getting peaved, I truly try to imagine just what that person's mind may be preoccupied with. Are they on their way to the hospital? Did someone they love just receive a diagnosis of something dreadful and their mind isn't where it should be? Could they be hurrying in to the grocery store to frantically grab an item that was a dying request of a loved one? Yep! I have been that person and I know that I am not unique or alone. Rather than to assume people are just "jerks" I prefer to assume that most inconsiderate people have something consuming their thoughts and affecting their actions.
So right now, even though the 2013 Holiday season is kicking off, I admit to you that my production level is a bit lower than some years. I carefully schedule in all of the jobs that I have taken so that I don't let anyone down. I promise to always do my best, but please don't begrudge that I take one day a week off. If I tell you that I can't take on an extra project, I am not being a diva. I am being human and understanding my own limitations. "Everybody has something" going on in their lives. For me....it is LIFE itself.
a hui hou