i want to punch you in the kidney.

Wow. I need to take a major chill pill.

Do you ever have one of those days when everything is delightful, you are in a crazy awesome mood and then someone takes their terribly pissy mood out on you?

I realize that I just need to step back and not allow something so trivial to frustrate me. So I figure I will share the situation with you as some sort of therapeutic expression of emotion. Because really, I want to act un-Christian-like and punch these two people in their kidneys. But I wont.

To set the scene, a co-worker and I were wrapping up our sales presentation – an account that could be worth literally millions of dollars. Yeah. We were sitting in a lounge and the group was becoming talkative. Nothing out of the ordinary. There is a reception desk near the lounge. Two individuals motioned to me that they were angry that the group was “loud.” Granted, these two people are not typically very friendly. I half should have expected this encounter. They motioned me over and told me they were having difficulty answering their phones. I could understand their complaint (though the noise was not that excessive – they just wanted to have something to complain about) and I said, “the group is about to leave, they are about done, so have patience as they prepare to leave.” They responded to me by mouthing, “I can’t hear you” and “what did you say?” Of course they could hear me perfectly, they were just being childish. And these department “operators” (as we will call them) are probably age 33 and 72 (I’m judging how they look).

What’s worse is that I would expect a little grace within a Christian organization. But there was no grace from this department. I repeated myself that we would appreciate patience from them as we were transitioning. And right before we were preparing to leave, one of these cronies came and kicked the group out. Not the best way to end a presentation or close a sale.

Now I know that this is so silly and that it shouldn’t upset me. Something like this shouldn’t bother me at all. Maybe there is something else under the surface that has also been bothering me? I am trying to figure that out. But I didn’t by any means lose my temper, but I did feel jaded by these two individuals. I just had to remind myself that “life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it” (Charles Swindoll). My life quote.

Needless to say, my punching bag is going to take the beating of it’s life tonight as I punch-dance my rage out!

2 thoughts on “i want to punch you in the kidney.

  1. Terrible how short-sighted some people can be (i.e. the operators). Rather than recognize their being briefly inconvenienced could hold great benefit for the organization, they felt compelled to manifest their “power” by expelling the guests. Seems to me that the company CEO/Director should be made aware of this, lest it be repeated. (Informing him/her would not be vindictive; “bosses” need to know how their subordinates are treating clients.) That said, I’m sure glad you didn’t kidney punch either of them, especially the septuagenarian!

    • Thanks so much for your encouraging words…as always! You have definitely helped me to put this in perspective. The director is aware of the situation and hopefully the President will be too. I have since calmed down, but am still disappointed with this department’s actions.

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