Sunday, January 23, 2011

Grandmother and Daddy's Wisdom

Recently, one of my oldest and dearest friends called to tell me he is being bullied at work. He says his boss has been “riding his back” for nearly a year and he doesn’t know what to do.

I don’t like the idea of people being mistreated at work or anywhere. I realize there are two sides to every story but to hear the frustration in his voice, I knew he was telling me the truth.

I haven’t written anything about bad bosses in a while but they are out there, and they are no different than bad people. Bad bosses are people with the formal authority to make your life a living “you-know-what!”

People will love and mistreat you. When I hear a story like the one my friend told me, I think of the wisdom of my late grandmother, Essie Mae Brundidge. She would always say, “No matter what someone does to you, just make sure you do right!”

If you suspect (I use this word because sometimes we are wrong) someone is mistreating you, there is a tendency to take the “eye-for-an-eye” approach to life. Vengeance is never good. My father always told me, “If you dig one ditch, you better dig two.” In other words, if you lay traps for people, you will be the one who ultimately gets trapped.

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