Yesterday I presented something at a meeting at work. One of my audience had a meltdown, started cussing and threw my hand-out across the table and called it "shit." I guess some people can get enough of an education to put PhD behind their name, but not develop much in the way of vocabulary and interpersonal skills... oh well. After he was through with his outburst, I spent a few minutes explaining myself. The chair of that committee later came to my office to check on me and told me I was "brilliant!" That I didn't take on his affect, and that I had "put him in his place," and put things into perspective for those folks.
I called the man's supervisor and complained about his behavior. He makes a lot of money to be actin' like that. There was another person at the meeting I thought was escalating as well. Later someone put it into perspective for me... they are both worried about keeping their jobs. Hmmm. Somehow I don't think that going off in meetings is going to help their chances of keeping their jobs. But I could always be wrong.
After I got home from work, I needed to go to my Homeowner's Association board meeting. This month, the woman who irritated me last month with her arrogance had a whole new attitude. It seems she lost her job about a month ago and has no idea how she is going to survive. Her arrogance is gone. She is no longer talking about taking a chain saw to other people's property (as she did last month).
I thank God I have a program. I thank God I have faith. I thank God that I know that it will be OK no matter what happens.
It's gettin' ugly out there. But it doesn't have to be ugly in my heart.