There are few things that bother me more than whiners. There is a person I work with who gets so crabby and unapproachable whenever they are having a bad day. This person doesn’t actually whine, but they get very nasty. It affects the team adversely because this person has a far more technical understanding of everything and one cannot approach them when they get this way to ask any kind of a question. And this person is in this mood a lot. Because of that situation I have tried to not be that way as much as possible. It is a challenge but one that I think is important in dealing with people in general.
This morning, as is my habit, I went over to the cafeteria to get my morning coffee. The manager over there was running around like a chicken without a head and I asked him if he was having a bad day. It appears that one of his chefs shattered their ankle, the cashier is sick and probably out for the rest of the week, and a replacement cook that came from another building did not come prepared to work at this building and therefore would not be able to start on time. Yes, he was having a bad day but unlike my coworker he was able to smile and joke about the whole thing and take things in stride.
My mother loaned me a book named 90 Minutes in Heaven written by a Pastor who was in a horrible automobile accident and apparently died and came back to life. His body was shattered and his recovery took several years filled with pain and suffering. I can’t think of anything worse and look at that person's story as helping to put my life in perspective whenever I feel as if I can’t handle my problems. In a flash of an eye, anyone of us could be in that situation and a lot of who we are depends on how we deal with the situation. We can take everything in stride understanding that there are others who are far worse than we, or whine about how horrible our life is now and make the lives of those around us miserable as well. Which one will you be?