8 Years Later…And SHE STILL Hasn’t Changed! (Story Time)
The other day I was getting some groceries, and I ran into this really negative woman I used to work with.
I was 29 when I was working at a grocery store called Stop and Shop. I worked in the seafood department, and across from the seafood department was the meat deli. There was this one woman there who was complaining. She was actually a manager of the deli department, and she was constantly complaining. She’d whine. She would yell at everybody. She was so unhappy and had a little sourpuss face on her all the time.
Finding Something to Get Upset About
One time when I was working in the seafood department, it was super slow. I did all my side work; I did everything—and there was nothing really for me to be doing. So I pulled out a book; it was a Tony Robbins book. I was sitting in the corner reading.
She came over to me and said, “What are you doing?” She was screaming at me, and she wasn’t even my manager! But she did go over to my manager, told on me, and got me in trouble.
That’s just one example of my interactions with this woman. She was always just so unhappy. She was always whining and complaining.
After Eight Long Years, It’s Still the Same
So today I went over to Stop and Shop to pick up some groceries. And guess what? I went to check out, and she was working at the register. And guess what was happening? She was whining and complaining. She was going on this long-winded rant to the girl who was bagging. She was going on about how she should be able to drink soda or have a drink when she’s on the cash register. It was something like that. To be honest, I don’t even know. But she had that same face again.
My blood was starting to boil. I really wanted to say something. Back when I used to work with her, I never stood up for myself. I was dead broke; I needed the money. But guess what? Eight years later she was still whining.
So I said, “Excuse me. Do you remember me?”
She said, “No, who are you?”
“I used to work in the seafood department. It looks like things haven’t changed. Eight years later, and you’re still whining. You’re still complaining. Why do you work here if you’re so unhappy?”
You should have seen her face. Her face literally dropped. She had nothing to say.
I said, “Why do you still work here if you still complain?”
Make a Change
Anyway, to make a long story short, this woman—and she may very well be a nice woman deep down—has been working at the same job complaining and whining and fighting and arguing for eight years. And she’s doing the same thing over and over again.
You know what? If you’re unhappy, if you’re not happy with how things are—whether it’s your manager, your coworkers, the job environment—do something different. Change. Change your work. Create a skill. Learn something new. Move on. Don’t be like this woman, who is doing the same thing over and over again.
I honestly didn’t want to hurt this woman’s feelings. But I just had to say it and get it off of my chest. Who knows? Maybe it will start her thinking about how she is living her life.
Don’t be that person who stays the same place for eight years straight if you’re unhappy. Don’t be satisfied with being chronically unhappy. It’s your life, and you have the right to change it.
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