I am so glad that I don’t post daily because I sooooooo would have hit publish on a post I wrote a few days ago when I was feeling taken advantage of and pissed off. Now that I am out of the moment, I still feel wronged, but also a little petty. That post did have an awesome first paragraph, though, which I will share now:
I am so angry I could spit. Well, I could spit, but then I’d have to clean it up, and that would be gross and defeat the whole purpose!
All of this came about because I felt I was being taken advantage of by an auto mechanic. Upon reflection he was really was only trying to sell me one over-priced service, and even that was only $60, but it still broke my trust in that garage.
What all of this taught me is that I get really worked up when I have to rely on someone else’s opinion on what needs to be done when I don’t have enough expertise to be able to diagnose the problem myself. How do I know if they’re taking advantage or even doing what they say they are doing? How can I tell if someone is telling me truth?
In looking back, I’m glad I didn’t post my original VERY long rant about the situation in its entirety. Because I revisted the post, I was able to give the situation more than a knee-jerk reaction and actually explore what was bothering me. Ultimately, I realized that I am a person that wants to be able to take people at the their word, to trust that they will do what they say. I don’t want to be jaded in my expectations and then pleasantly surprised if someone does their job correctly the first time. Unfortunately this leads to a great deal of frustration on my part.
Why is expecting people to do their job, treat people fairly, and have it done on time unreasonable?
I will now get off my soap box and back to my happy place. Thank you for your support.