I'm not an easy person to get along with, and I never have been. Sometime several years ago, I accepted this fact about myself and moved on. When I started my internship, it took me a bit to figure out that I was in a position of authority (although at an internship, that is debatable). Since then, I frequently remind myself that I am "the boss" at work, even if I don't feel like it. My goal at work is not to be friends with people but to make sure the work gets done, that our work environment is professional, and that we provide excellent customer service. This often makes me unpopular. For the most part, I don't really care about my popularity. I am who I am, I have high expectations of myself and those who work with me, and I expect people to come to work with a strong work ethic.
This morning my hormones got the better of me. I've worked really hard to learn NOT to say things out loud that I'm thinking. When someone goes on and on about their allergies, pneumonia, and bronchitis while smoking the fifteenth cigarette of the day, I DO NOT point out the logical fallacy, for instance - no matter how much I'm dying to do so. Apparently, this morning my filter was turned off.
I was coughing and sneezing, as I am wont to do these days - a combination of allergies (raging) and rhinitis of pregnancy (a condition I was previously unaware of). Someone said to me, "Dr Blank, you'd better not get me sick."
For a moment, I was quiet. Then I said, "I hate when people say that. First off, I'm not sick. Second off, I would never deliberately make anyone else sick. And lastly, if I WAS sick, I'd still have to come to work, as we're not really able to call in."
That reply did not make me popular. In fact, the commenter flew off the handle at me. I didn't think it was that bad of a comment. Apparently, I was wrong.
Why can't I just keep my mouth shut?
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