Well hello there, awesome readers!
Before I let you read this post, there’s something that I need to make perfectly clear:
I am not singling any one out here.
Oh and one more disclaimer:
I sort of am singling someone out here.
Okay, now you can continue reading.
The inspiration for this post stems from a conversation on one of my social media platforms. Pardon my vagueness but this is the part where “I am not singling any one out here”.
To be quasi-precise, one of my connection’s connections a-few-times-removed made a statement and somehow it landed in my feed.
I’m not going to quote her here but to give you context, the statement went something like this:
To anyone who works in Sales or Recruitment – if you cannot take the time or precision to spell my name correctly *as displayed on LinkedIn FYI*, I will not take the time to respond to your message.
Oh wait! That actually IS a direct quote. (This is the part where “I sort of am singling someone out.”)
Regardless, I felt compelled to respond. So I did.
Side note: There was a time when I would have never EVER shared my opinion. But now that I’m THIS age, I feel that there had better be some benefits to growing older. So I made an executive decision and have declared “sharing my opinion” one of said benefits to growing older.
Ewwww such a scary threat *rolling of the eyeballs* I suggest you get down from your high horse. People make mistakes. It’s what makes us human. Recommendation: Maybe you could try focusing on the positives in life. They encourage smiles rather than eye-rolling.
But now that I’ve spoken my mind (and pulled an eye muscle), I’d like to add to my response.
First, while an attitude of self-importance seems to be in style these days, I want to stress that a number of human-made mistakes have actually led to some awesome discoveries. Even LIFE-SAVING discoveries.
I’m not going to list any of these discoveries here since I’d be Googling them and I don’t want to give you wrong information. As noted by Abraham Lincoln himself:
This goes for online research as well.
But I will say this, it’s okay to make mistakes. And by telling you this, awesome readers, I’m really reminding myself since I suffer from anxiety attacks. Yup. It’s true. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and my entire body goes into some sort of circuit-overload because I stress over something stupid that I did during the day (usually kitchen-related).
To recap what I just said:
You spelled someone’s name wrong? SO WHAT.
You tripped while walking across a room full of people? LEARN TO LAUGH AT YOURSELF. (Unless you break an arm or something. Then don’t laugh. Swear. And swear loud because DAMN THAT HURTS.)
You squirted mustard on your fancy-dancy white blouse just before an important meeting? PFFFFT.
Criticizing each other (and ourselves) is stupid. And speaking from a place of high-horsedness is even stupider.
Is high-horsedness even a word? I think not. But what do I know? I’m just a human.
That felt good, right? Right!! The higher the horse, the harder the fall…or something.
Mona Andrei says
Everyone makes mistakes so karma on them, I suppose 🙂
Carol Graham says
Loved this but I had to laugh out loud about the mustard. Hubby and I were all dressed up for a concert and stopped to pick up our friends at their home. Him in his suit and me in my fancy white blouse. They were having a quick snack before leaving and my friend was trying to get the mustard out of the container but apparently, it had dried. She squeezed it really hard and the lid flew off and a huge glob of mustard flew onto my chest. We laughed so hard we all peed a little. There was no time to change clothes and we were too far from home. Did it matter? Of course. Was it life and death? Of course not. It made for a great conversation piece at the after party of the concert. Side note: I loathe mustard. Even the smell makes me feel sick. Learning to laugh gets us through most things.
Mona Andrei says
OMG, that IS an awesome story. I LOVE that you laughed at yourself 🙂