I stopped by my first-grader’s end-of-year picnic last week and found myself in a conversation with another parent about her disgust with the school. Seems she feels the administration hadn’t sufficiently punished another child when she hid this woman’s kid’s crayons one day. As a result, the parent was no longer speaking to the administrators. Then, I was talking to a neighbor last night who ran through her list of contractors and neighbors she was no longer speaking to because she wasn’t satisfied with their work or their yards or something else petty to most others.
What’s with the epidemic of over-sensitivity? Not everything is a personal affront. Sometimes, it’s just human error, an honest mistake, or plain old miscommunication. But at least it’s communication.
I work and play mainly with Generation X and Yers. Not sure if there’s anything to it, but it seems to be lately that it’s the Gen Xers with the delicate feelings, while the Ys are able to move on with life. Take things at face value. Realize not everything and everyone revolves around their happiness. Made me wonder if there’s anything to it, and I stumbled on this (http://www.nasrecruitment.com/TalentTips/NASinsights/GenerationY.pdf)
My dad always taught me, you want to be happy? Then be happy. You want to be miserable? Then be miserable. It’s that easy.
You’re free to disagree. And I’ll still speak with you afterwards. That’s a promise…or is it a threat?