Walk a mile in my shoes
That has got to be one of those sayings that I just can not stand! “walk a mile in my shoes”…everyone says that like they are the
only one to go through that scenario.
I’m calling bullshit on that one!
I am writing this post tonight because that was said to me today and it was said by someone I have learned to look up to.
Now, I am not saying I would jump off a cliff for this person, I am just saying that I have learned to respect and listen to what
Job related crap…
Yes, this is sort of a rant from something that happened at work today.
Ever since my days when I quit drinking, especially on the job… My patients have become greatly better.
I have learned to tolerate much more BS than I used to be able to but when I have been boiling and stewing for a little more
than a week, I blow my lid!
I am not sure where I got the balls to get in my Foreman’s or someone in upper management’s face but it seems to be getting easier
the older I get.
Not sure if it is the whole, don’t care what people think about what I am going to say thing as I am going to say it anyway or
if it is one of those, I am not giving myself a heart attack stressing over someone else’s crap. Or even what I hold back!
When I have to go back and fix someone’s mistake not once but multiple times that is when I have reached that, I HAVE HAD IT
I am sure most of us have been there a time or two. I am not perfect by any means and I have no problems when someone
points out an error I had made as I will normally go and fix it myself (this is how I learn to do things the right way, first).
But now I am getting off topic… back to my original topic: walk a mile in my shoes…
Everyone has different shoes
To me, I wish people would just stop using the phrase “walk a mile in my shoes”.
To me that is another way of saying, shut up!…I have something to say and you can’t say anything back.
Which as everyone knows is untrue.
Everyone in this life walks a different path than each other and we all walk it differently. It does not mean that one is better than the
other, it just means everyone has different shoes. I hope you get my meaning.
Let me give you an example: (no names will be used to protect everyone)
Today was a strange day and you could feel the tension in the air. After working almost everyday straight for weeks people start to
get a bit edgy. This day was no different.
It all started when we all had other tasks on our mind yet the higher ups had a different agenda. I’m starting to think they lose
sight of what is really important and start to get the “blinders” on to what is happening around them and target one particular
task. Sure, we or at least some of us know it all has to get done and we really try to accommodate everything on our task list.
But when the change happens and it is not known until the last second, it is enough to get people heated.
This is sort of what happened to us today.
Walk a mile in my shoes revisited
So, here is what happened. We do not have a large group of workers on our team and to be honest we just don’t see eye to eye on
many things yet we try to stay nice and professional towards one another and get the job done.
Our crew of about 7 actually get more done in a day than most of the other crews do with twice and sometimes 3 times the amount
of people which is fabulous! Yet when the boss-man gave one task that my little group within our team have been working on to
the others, my blood pressure peaked and I took it way personal!!
I headed out to “chat” with the boss and even said to myself that this was not going to go over well… It didn’t.
I gave my two cents and he gave me more than that and threw in the old walk a mile in my shoes quote and I told him that I have
and that was no bullshit by any means. Yeah, I have run a few jobs in my day and they turned out to be just fine and the work got
done and in a timely manner with very little head butting or arguments along the way as it should be. But this time it was different.
Like I said in the beginning… I have come to respect my Forman and his views and the way he does things and yes, I did
apologize for my outburst but I had to let him know that I have walked a mile in his shoes, and it sucks! LOL No, really…
It sucks being the boss but someone has to do it right?
The moral of my rant here tonight is this: Never assume that people don’t know what or where you have been or what you have
done or do, everyone just has a different pair of shoes.