Friday, January 29, 2010

Do unto others...

I have always lived by the saying "Do unto others as you'll have done to you" *. In fact, in high school we were asked by our english teacher to create a folder to hold all our work in. We were to decorate it in a very specific way. And on the inside left cover we were to write our favorite quote. I wrote that.

So it seems like on a daily basis I am constantly surprised when people are downright mean. Usually for selfish and egotistical reasons to boot. Take today. An e-mail was sent earlier in the week asking me to send some backup for a transaction that happened in December. Backup that is distributed to a large group of people before the transaction occurs. I had a lot going on and missed the original e-mail. Today the person followed up. One of the people copied on the e-mail, and a recipient of the original backup that was distributed back in December felt the need to reply and point out that it was ME that needed to send the backup and SHE was not responsible. Really? She could have just as easily sent the backup that was distributed to her back in December, but she wanted to make me look (and feel) bad for not replying right away earlier this week.

It's days like this that I wish I could just crawl into a hole and not deal with people at ALL when I want to.

* Interesting fact, this actually is derived from a bible verse:
Matthew 7:12: So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

I will leave you with another of my favorite quotes. This one I had attributed to Stephen Grellet, but when I did a little research, it turns out no one knows where it came from and there are hundreds of variations of it, so I'm not really sure who said it first! I have it written in calligraphy from when I took a calligraphy class back in elementary school.

I shall pass through this world but once.
Any good that I can do,
Any kindness I can show,
Let me do it now and not defer it.
For I shall not pass this way again.

1 comment:

Alexis said...

Hi Tricia! I'm going to tell you what my mom always tells me - don't let the turkeys get you down!!! People like that must be very unhappy with themselves, I always think!!