Thankful Friday 21 February 2020

I want to thank everyone who reached out to me yesterday. My manager apologized, not directly, but offered apologies to everyone. Lately, I think since this weather has been a roller coaster this winter, our emotions are following the trend.

It’s human nature to have disagreements. However, I’ve been learning that talking about our feelings are listening are a great way to come to a resolution. I asked a friend if I was inconsistent, she said yes and said it’s because I don’t really quite plan, have all these ideas and it’s hard for me to plan them all, and I don’t always listen. We talked it out, I saw where she was coming from and she saw where I was coming from. Our disagreement didn’t ruin a friendship, instead it brought us closer together. Honestly, I think that is the healthy way to handle such things.

I think in the future I will sit down with my manager and share how I’m feeling, now that I am in a better mood. I know it’s not necessary and I have a feeling other professionals would advise against it, but who knows? Like I shared with my therapist, I want to be honest about my feelings and I think that feeling the feels is a path towards and authentic life.

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One thought on “Thankful Friday 21 February 2020”

  1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

    It always feels good to turn a perceived foe back into a friend. You have the opportunity to do that with your manager. She took a good first step by apologizing to everyone in the office. You may find that a sincere smile and hello on your part when you come in contact with her is the best course of action for now. If there comes a time when you and your manager have reason to talk privately, it might be a good time to acknowledge her for giving her best advice to you the other day and, in a non-confrontational, non-argumentative manner, let her know where you are coming from. Don’t belabor the point however, because human brevity is important. Revealing too much information can sabotage your mission. The only way to avoid a debate erupting is to first meet the other person at his or her map of the world, then artfully lead them over to yours. Timing and finesse are key. Your friend also had valuable advice for you. Sometimes a friend can see you more clearly than you see yourself. You do have a fertile mind with many different ideas being entertained at the same time. My mind is the same way. I tend to see things from several different angles at once, and it is sometimes difficult to make decisions.

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend, dear friend JM!


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