Thursday, August 8, 2013

Kill them with Kindness, and by Kindness I mean REAL Butter.

We've all been in the position at one point or another where we're forced to deal with difficult people whether it be unfriendly coworkers, intolerable in-laws, rude customers, or an overbearing supervisor. Sometimes, things can just feel rough because you're a stranger without many opportunities to connect because in my experience, the greatest myth about working in Cubicleville is that there is a water cooler people socialize around.   Gosh, don't you just want to sing The Doors right now?  People are strange, when you're a stranger/Faces look ugly, when you're alone....

I know I've dealt with my share of difficult people.  It's hard to believe, but I haven't always worked in a place where I felt liked, respected, and valued by my coworkers.  I've actually been in the position of having to pep-talk myself the entire way in to work because while things were so terrible and I should have left, I desperately needed the job and the benefits.  It wasn't that I disliked the job; the actual job was great and the customers were always wonderful too it was the atmosphere that was created by a few negative individuals that really made things hard for everyone there.  And it could really feel like hell sometimes. 

I've learned that try as I might to be nice, open-minded and friendly, sometimes in life there are people who are just going to be rotten to you.  And if there is anything I've learned, it is that when dealing with difficult people, kill them with kindness.  And by Kindness, I mean REAL butter.   I know cooking for mean people seems like the last thing you want to do.  But there is something about beating eggs by hand that really just kind of calms me down and makes the world a happier place.  And, if they don't warm up to me after eating my baked goods, they eventually be fatter than I am. 

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