Archive for August, 2014

I Can't Believe She (He) Said That to Me!

August 17th, 2014 by Lee Yahnke

Have you had this happen to you?

A woman was volunteering for an organization that provided housing to families who were temporarily homeless. The program was in flux, so some decisions needed to be made quickly. After talking to volunteers, one leader decided the program would work better  by opening opportunities to more people instead of limiting choices to current volunteers. She left a message for her co leader who wasn't available.

The next morning the woman who was attempting to make the program more efficient, had a phone call from her co leader. The co leader would not listen and pressured the woman by telling her she was disrespectful. Despite the woman's attempt to de-escalate the conversation, she hung up feeling as if she'd been attacked and was left feeling confused and anxious.

After a couple of days of processing what she heard and acknowledging how she felt, she made a decision.  It was time to give up some responsibilities and concentrate more on self, family, and friends. It's important to know that a program or business will not fail just because you are no longer involved. So, the final step in restoring this woman's self esteem and respect was to take action.

Freeing yourself from situations that drain you or make you anxious gives your life a new perspective and a brighter future. We have only one life. Love, Laugh, and do it again.

This all makes me tired.

This all makes me tired.