No creature on this planet can say it better than a squirrel.
I don’t know if it’s the big crazy alien eyes, the fuzzy tail, or the fact that they are so unpredictable. In any case, I can relate.
I’m in charge of making events run smooth. Most of the time they do. But sometimes, and yes, it’s unfortunate when they happen, I’ve made mistakes. And like the squirrel, mistakes tend to catch me a little off guard. I want to hold my arms out and say, “wait a sec,” is this really happening? What do I do now?
My answer is always the same. Do your best. Be your best. Apologize specifically and never take it personal. This has been a difficult lesson to learn, because I’m the one that desperately wants people to get along. I don’t like conflict. I don’t like feeling that I’ve done something wrong. And when someone strikes a sensitive nerve in my soul, I have to fight to be my very best and smile.
Why should I smile when someone may not be so nice right back? Because everyone has reasons. Everyone has back stories. We never know what others have experienced in their life. And sometimes, those experiences just sort of erupt on the innocent bystander.
My personal philosophy is this: bad behavior isn’t justified. Sure we all do it. But I try my very best to get that control and take several deep breaths when I need them. I know I’m in charge of how each of my little stories in my life ends. And in 5o years from now, the mistakes from last week won’t really matter.