Happy Friday, Y’all!
As is customary for me, especially on Fridays … though I do it everyday several times a day … T.G.I.F., y’all!!
Sometimes, no matter how hard “we” may try, folks look for some reason to try to discredit “us”! I have experienced situations like this … and I have also had people “show mercy” in situations where my behavior may have been questionable. I guess it is fair to say that “We all make mistakes”! Yet, there are some mistakes … and I use that term loosely … that are repeated over and over … thus, not a mistake … but a habit!!
Just yesterday, for example, I was watching the news and saw a report about Kelly Wright, a news reporter for FOX news. Kelly is suing FOX news for a variety of reasons that falls under the title of “racial discrimination”. There is a lot of information regarding the claims of keeping Mr. Wright from “moving ahead” professionally at FOX news as well as racially charged jokes around the office “water cooler” regarding “Black Lives Matter” and white co-workers walking around the office with “their hands up” … Sometimes, even I just have to take a few steps back from feeling angry and learning to view these kind of people as “insensitive” and “heartless” to use just a few choice adjectives. I mean, some women came forward to get Bill O’Reilly’s “payola” a$$ out of his previous position and now has come the time for apparently a very hard working Kelly Wright to get FOX News executives to answer some very serious charges.
It is very hard to “turn the other cheek” and often I prefer to “turn and run away”! In situations like Mr. Wright’s circumstances, one has to turn to the legal options once the opposition to the talk around “the water cooler” seemed not to work. I could be wrong but if FOX News kept Mr. Wright around the office, he must’ve been doing a good job. I have held jobs here in Florida … SoFlo to be exact … where I did a good job, wasn’t promoted, and even though I spoke Spanish was held back from taking Spanish speaking client’s calls in one office … and ultimately “laid off” when the office relocated! It was a blessing in disguise. The management had NO ONE of color and the group of managers had all grown up together in Boca Raton … and so on and so on … and so on. It was a diabetic lead generating call center … nothing really important … as they hustled people with insurance to create leads that they sold to diabetic supply companies. FOX News is on another level all together.
Some days go wrong, so to speak, but ones attitude towards the thing(s) that goes wrong determines how much the events impact “your” life negatively. When my last car got hit by a group driving in reverse on the beach, I had to figure out how to handle it without “losing much ground”. I have a good friend who provided me with a “family bus pass” and I signed up for Uber … and let Capital One Auto Finance repossess my car. That works out, too, because I do not plan to take my car to Europe or South America when I relocate in the next few months. Sometimes, you just have to grin and bare it … and keep a positive attitude so that the things that come your way are appreciated.
So, whatever you do “Make it a good One” … whatever it is … a day, a year … or a life time!
John I. Cook, Director