May 21, 2012

Chutes & Ladders

Chutes & Ladders
Today has been a bit of ups and downs.

Last night I got an email basically uninviting me from participating in an organization.  To some extent it isn't a big loss since I was only looking to get involved because a) I was asked and b) I needed my ticket punched for something.

There are definitely easier ways to get the activity credit I needed, but hey...I was asked, so what the hell, I'll do this particular thing instead.

I was uninvited because I privately criticized an organizational event.  My thoughts and feelings were genuine and although this event occurred a while ago I pretty much brought up what little I did now because I was asked.

Now I'll freely admit that I share the family penchant for complaining.  As adult children we try not to become our parents and usually fail.  My father isn't happy unless he has something to complain about and I try not to complain unless I can offer constructive criticism and/or make things better.  The day after this event I volunteered to help with the next one so I could try to resolve some problems I saw.....and probably create new ones.  The next guy after me would hopefully fix my screw-ups as that is how these things work.

Of course I took this all a bit more personally than the average person probably would have, or did I?  I assumed that when I was asked to participate that the person who did the asking knew me well enough to make a proper judgement call on my fitness for the position.  I'm still under that assumption so I have to then make the next step (10 for those following along) to take some personal inventory and admit I was wrong, wrong about several things that I need not beat myself up here about.

I don't think I did a great job making amends, but in time I'll get better with that as well.

On the positive side, I managed to finish up a couple of small side projects for the end of the month.  One is a present for an old friend (emphasis on "OLD") and one is just for me.  I'll have future posts on both.  

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