When I started working at Target, I met one of the managers and thought she was a bit of a crank. You know, moderately disagreeable, a bit bitchy, not the sort of person that you really want to get to know. Last night, I learned different.
See, it turns out that she has fibromyalgia. That’s a condition where the patient is almost always in some amount of pain and it can be incredibly debilitating. Kristen has lived with it basically since I’ve known her, so I’m rather intimately familiar with the impact that this nasty condition can have on a person. Frankly, being in pain constantly will make ANYONE get cranky.
I overheard my coworker mention that she has fibro the other day, and took an opportune moment last night to confirm what I thought I heard. Lo and behold, I heard right. In that instant, my whole perception of her changed. I realized that I probably encountered her for the first time when she was having an off day.
It’s amazing what a little perspective (and compassion) can have on your impression of somebody. I don’t know why this always surprises me. I mean, I first learned about that when I read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey almost 10 years ago. It was interesting to observe the shift that my perceptions went through as I was chatting with her last night.
Anyway, that’s my thought for the day.
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