Friday, 13 March 2009

Lesson in humility

I had a hard week for one reason or another and have been a bit all over the place emotionally. Too be honest everyone at work is going through alot of stress as well and so we're all on edge and just not having a fun time.

Anyway, it's very easy to get to feel that your problems are the most important thing in the world and that you are having a hard time. I've always tried to keep cheerful and live by the old adage that "there is always someone worse off than yourself" but sometimes it's easy to forget that, or remember it and still feel bad.

I thought things were tough for me this week and I guess I was feeling a bit sorry for myself. And then I heard about someone on the same project as me having to deal with working long hours and having a partner who is ill and was still staying late to get things finished (and at the time a mistake I made was holding this person up).

At that moment I felt both terribly guilty and also quite humble.

I not sure if there are any universal rules for living a better life to come out of this, the aphorism is rather trite really and, when it comes down to it, sometimes problems do need to be dealt with. I guess, when it comes down to it we're all human and sometimes we just get it wrong and can be self-centred or thoughtless, other times we can be there for someone else. We're just not perfect, and I'm certainly not.

1 comment:

Calie said...

Well, Fiona, like me, you may not be perfect, but I sure see a sensitive and caring woman in this post.