Today was one of those days, the kind you hope never happen again, the kind you can do nothing about but wish you could!
Last night when I went to bed, life was good, I had an early meeting scheduled, and I even got myself in bed early so that I could be bright eyed and bushy tailed by 7:45 am! I'm not really a morning person, but when I know I "have" to be up and somewhere on time I rarely have a problem.
So when I woke up at 3:00 am with what I immediately recognized as kidney stone pain, well let's just say that I knew it wasn't going to be as smooth a day as I was hoping for! I do think this could explain my sudden back pain from a few weeks ago, and having experienced kidney stones before (over 10 years ago), when you're finally in the throws of an attack it's something you never really forget.
So after not sleeping most of the night I furiously began the process of contacting those I was supposed to meet this morning via email, and by calling their office and cell numbers. Eventually I reached the person I had been working with who up until that point had been helpful and cheerful. But when I explained my situation and how I needed to reschedule due to circumstances beyond my control, well let's just say things didn't go so well.
Maybe he was tired, I know I was! Maybe he was just flustered and trying to figure out where to go from here! Whatever the reason, when I suggested that perhaps the person I was to interview and I could speak directly in order to reschedule...like in the good ole days, he snapped and said something that actually left me speechless for a moment. I won't say what he said, it wasn't horrible, but it wasn't really very professional in my opinion either.
I finished the conversation, apologized once again and attempted to go back to sleep. But you know it bugged me...I mean it REALLY bugged me. Probably because I wasn't feeling well, maybe because I've been going great guns lately, but mostly because the clear message I received from our short conversation was that my time really wasn't as important as someone else's, and that rescheduling was not going to be easy, or pretty near impossible!
But you know what?! I beg to differ! You see my time is just as important as anyone elses! And although I can appreciate people with jobs that have a far greater impact on the world than mine, I still never treat anyone as though their lives and their jobs are less valuable in this world than my own. I work with important people every day, and they are all just as nice as can be...thank you Fifi and Barb for making me smile today!
I'm respectful, thoughtful, and I try to be a nice person. And I guess I expect the same from others. My husband saves lives for a living, my mailman delivers important mail to me, and the checkout person at any store I frequent deserves just as much respect as anyone else! And my guess is that the important person I was to meet is just as nice and understanding as I imagined, unfortunately those who I had to go through in order to meet them put a higher priority on making that person happy then on everyone else on the planet!
So now that I have that off of my chest, I'll step off of my soapbox and maybe make a cake to fill up the lovely vintage cake saver that belonged to my grandmother. If I had trouped into her small little house through the back porch and told her my tale of woe for the day, she would have grabbed a plate and cut me a big 'ole slice of yellow cake with homemade yummy chocolate icing and poured me a cold iced tea and said, "Honey, let them eat cake!"