Thursday, January 22, 2015

Putting Words in Your Mouth

Have you been in this situation? You're at work in the office or warehouse doing what you do everyday. You've come to know the work habits of everyone you see and they you.  You know who really works, slacks or is an overachiever, but you don't say anything.  Because whatever happens will be of their doing alone.  Lets say you walk up on a group of two or more colleagues talking when they should clearly be working, and one of them says something you don't hear to the others and they begin to disperse.  Because that person thinks you're that person with some influence and might speak of their actions.  Just then, someone else in the group says, "Oh, that's just (Your Name Here) he/she won't say anything.  Now what just happened here?  It happened to me, I didn't really mind the statement at the moment because I thought what they were doing will catch up to them in time.  But when I stopped to analyse what they did to me, I will never let that happen again.  I will make it clear, even if embarrassment is necessary, that I'm not at all apart your behavior and actions. Nor do I condone what you're doing and don't ever include me in your philosophy again.  And don't include me in your assumptions.  You see, by my silence, I joined them and therefore acknowledged that I'd remain silent about their behavior.  And what of my behavior? That annoyed me about me until I realize the implication. I'm looking forward to changing their mind about me.  We need to speak up for the greater clarity within ourselves, and show what the human capacity is. Rest assured, speaking out will mark you somehow, but they don't see that your mind is on them, even though they may never realize it.  You see something more than office protocol.  You see a society with concern for each other, so you speak out while risking isolation or ridicule.  You hope that someone in the group will see the depth and value of your efforts.  What else do crusaders do?  We seek a long term happiness and compassionate world.  So please, in all your heart, explain to others and don't let someones words and their content be put in your mouth, speak only those words born of your breath and wisdom.