JournalismPakistan.com Aug 1, 2013
Look, you don’t like your job, fine by me. Get another one, knock yourself out. But don’t take it out on the world.
There you are in a good mood, sauntering through your day, feeling life is a lark when one of these sourpuss types comes into your life and takes the sun out. Either it is a grumpy counter clerk, an ill-mannered cab driver who thinks he’s doing you a favor by speeding up instead of stopping to pick you up, a boss’s secretary who acts uppity through borrowed authority, some tiny little official who takes his chair too seriously, a doorman who interrogates you because you are not to his ethnic liking, a shop salesman who treats you with disrespect because you don’t look like a big spender, a subordinate who decides to target you and declares war, a waiter in a restaurant who is surly and sulky, a friend who spears you with a slice of malice and leaves you wondering why he would do that, a security guy in a supermarket who ignores you, any of the thousands of people who wake up disgruntled, go through the day riding misery and cannot abide anyone being pleasant or gracious.
And I get the most put out by people who use one word commands. Go. Come. There. Pay. Sit. Quiet. You. Give. ID? Where? Stop.
You stop. Like I was fine till you came into my life. What right do you have to ruin my mood? You don’t like what you do, get real, most of the world doesn’t. But they go through the grind without raining on everyone’s parade. Leave it. Quit. Resign. Go home, Drive your family mad, but if you are in that chair and you are getting paid to do a job then drop the attitude. Seriously, please drop it.
(The writer is a Senior Editorial Advisor of Khaleej Times and the paper’s former Editor. He has also been the Editor of Gulf News, Gulf Today, Emirates Today and Bahrain Tribune)
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