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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Undercover Boss Eye Opener

This past week I watched Undercover Boss, which featured Retro Fitness and one employee in particular, who got fired.  Normally Undercover Boss shows a few employees, with great stories and good work ethic, and sometimes there may be a few problem employees.

In this last issue, it seems all anyone is talking about is that one problem employee, named Jacqueline, who was a shining example of what bad attitudes are really about, and was about as bad as they come.

Jacqueline, who on the outside, seemed like a clean cut decent person until she opened her mouth to speak.  And this girl wasn't just rude ... she was abusive to everyone around her. 

As if it wasn't bad enough that she was completely unprofessional and had no compassion for anyone around her at work ... she then turned into the flippant, defensive, careless girl, who talked back to the CEO of the company when he tried to explain his grievances with her.  She passionately denied anything he was trying to explain to her, as if he was completely off-base. 

Um, earth to Jacqueline ... the whole world saw your irate attitude first hand on camera.  There's really nothing to deny young lady. 

It was as if she simply didn't believe him or didn't care ... maybe both.

In my world, when you've done something to mess up and your boss ... let alone the CEO of a major company ... tells you something he sees that was in error, you straighten up real quick and show some respect.  Instead, Jacqueline did the opposite. 

It was as if she was completely unaware of how she really was.  It seemed as if she was truly shocked that someone would accuse her of bad behavior, while the rest of America was shocked that she had no clue that she was clueless.

You can watch the video, in which Jacqueline gets fired, and see for yourself on why I was flabbergasted.  All I could think of was ... what kind of environment taught her to be so unaware of how she was treating others?   If the golden rule applied in her life, did she really want to be treated the way she was barking at others?  What kind of standard was she used to, in which she felt like it was okay to treat others so poorly?

Then it hit me that this just may well be what our youth are growing into being ... a complete society of self entitled human beings who think they can act in whatever manner they please and expect to keep a job, and have the world handed to them.

I refuse to believe that this young woman is an example of the majority of our youth.  I'd say there are a lot out there that are like this, but I still cling to hope that our youth today are learning respect for themselves and those around them. 

Here's my hope ... that this young woman sees herself on this show and realizes how badly she behaved.  I hope she gains the ability to become completely aware that her behavior was out of line and strives to show compassion.

I pray she learns respect, as this is what she was lacking ... respect for herself and her fellow human beings.  Hopefully she'll come to see that having an entitled attitude will only let her down, because living this way will bring her a life of bitter disappointment when things do not go her way. 

Okay ... so I'm almost off my soap box.

Here's my message to the youngin's who align with Jacqueline - learn to show compassion for those around you.  Work hard whether you agree with your superiors or not ... they got to be where they are for a reason, so look around and try to learn something from them.

Try to grow your relationships by showing respect, because as you give it - you also earn it.

And always try harder to be the best example of you ... you won't get very far in life if you expect everything handed to you ... you will get far in life by always trying to do what is right.  Doing what is right ... for this, you will be rewarded!  

Friday, April 26, 2013

God works in so many ways ...

I have a few different Bibles at home, of which I read when I can.  I admit, I'm trying to be better and starting a daily reading plan is high priority.  So, I have one at home on my night stand, and another on my desk at work.
The one I have at work is my student Bible, from when I was in college, and inside are a few different book marks (random pieces of paper).

Today, I took time after my devotions to read these scraps of paper. The one that hit home was a reciept from Walmart, dated May 5th, 1995, which included random items, like shelf paper, sponges, gourmet pans for the kitchen, and laundry baskets.

Immediately, I was taken back in time to where I was stocking up on my new pad, as a fresh college grad, with the grand ideas we all hold that the future is full of potential for our own paths in life.
As my heart swelled with memories that swirled in my mind of who I was in this time in life, I took a deep breath in feeling like I'm no where near that person anymore. 
This little receipt made me realize how fast time has flown (although it has not passed me by) and how old I've become. I felt no regret, but so much appreciation for everything I have now.
Typically this could have been a sad moment but instead I was filled with awe, as God has brought me so far through life ... in many ways.

No, I'm not rich, like I thought I would be by now, because 'hey after college we should be on the fast track to that glass ceiling'.   No, I'm not living in some exotic place.   No, I'm not doing what I thought I would be doing. I'm not where I thought I'd be ... in many ways.

However, I'm rich with so many amazing things in my life, like my family and their love for me, and the experiences I've had to date. And although I'm still in Oklahoma ... I wouldn't live anywhere else. God has me right where He'd planned all along and it's nice to know that a simple little receipt from 1995 could show me that.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Most Important Ingredient ... Love

I had the best intentions today.  After a very full and long two weeks of work, and a successful grand opening (in which I was on my feet for over 10 hours), I was bone tired ... but still determined to get to church.

I got up early, showered and dressed, and then got my make up on.  I hollered to my little man down the hall to get dressed.  My hubs goes early, as he volunteers with the kids.  So most Sundays, it's just me and my mini-me going to second service to join my husband.

After getting ready - I took about ten minutes to rest.  After all, I still had a bit of time.  I thought it couldn't hurt to lay down for a few minutes.  HA!

Unknowingly, my few minutes led up to a couple hours.  The next thing I knew,  my husband was home from church, and I heard this from the kitchen ... bang, clank, rustle ... rustle.

My kiddo was in the kitchen making me lunch, because he knew I'd wake up hungry.  He'd face-timed his Nana on his IPod to make sure he was making his kitchen masterpiece correctly.  She walked him through step by step on how to make a pizza.

He proudly walked in carrying a breakfast tray, a neatly folded towel, and a nicely arranged pizza, which he sliced himself, on a plate.

"I made you lunch, mom!"  He beamed from the doorway.

My heart melted.  After he set the tray down, I lifted the pizza and took a bite ... into a very sour pizza. 

"Um, buddy.  Can you check the expiration date on the sauce?"  I asked and gulped down the bite.

You got it.  It was as expired as could be, but I ate every bite, telling him that it was the best made pizza I'd ever had as it was made with love ... the most important ingredient.

My stomach was yelling at me for it, but I didn't want to let me little guy down.  My husband, in seeing all this, got his keys and ran out for hotwings.   Our son had been asking him to buy him some for a couple days, so it was Wingstop to the rescue. 

I've got some amazing guys in my life, and I'm truly blessed.