As a leader of a team of people, I encountered challenges every single day. Every person had their unique personalities and as such, opportunities for development. This is the story of one.
John(not his real name) was someone who led a team of people and reported to me. We had grown close during our many business trips together and shared details of our lives. I had lost someone I loved in my life unexpectedly, and so had he. We both had the same thoughts about spirituality. Yet, I sensed within him a deep seated anger and bitterness about what his life had become. In essence, he was lonely and lashing out at others because of his anger and loneliness.
There came a time when I had to sit down and have a very serious conversation with him. Although I’ll never forget that day or the 3 hour conversation that ensued, I don’t recall all the words I said. Looking back I was operating on pure instinct. I conveyed my philosophy of life- the five choices we all have in situations. Three are positive and two are negative. The three positive choices are accept, change, leave. The two negative are complain and sabotage. I let him know he needed to choose the path he would take because we would never have a conversation like this again, and the next time a situaiton such as this arose, I would have to fire him. It was one of the most difficult conversations I’ve ever had.
Months later, John came to me. He wanted to tell me he had met someone and they were in love. And then, he thanked me for caring enough about him to help him change not only his attitude but in the process, his life. He said, “You altered the course of my life, and are responsible for helping me find happiness. Thank you.” Those words were for me, the pinnacle of my long career, and meant more to me than he will ever know.
blazing summer day-
tears revealing a changed man
love is love is love
©2020 Linda Lee Lyberg
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Linda Lee Lyberg is a wife, mother, artist, published poet and author. She resides in Mesa, AZ with her husband Pete (aka The Big Viking) of 24 years, and her dog, Ricky Bobby. Linda writes various forms of poetry, as well as short stories. You can read more of her works at: charmedchaos.com
and purchase anthologies containing her work here: Amazon Author Page