I had a confrontation today. With the manager/owner of the gym I go to. Basically, I politely suggested she move the lower weight dumbbells (They are in a little pyramid ranging from 3lbs to 20lbs and I use the 12.5, 15 and 17.5 ones a lot) BACK to their previous location because their new location is causing several problems around the gym, and she basically said my idea was stupid (yes, she actually said “That’s stupid”), and that if I can’t handle doing my workout in the area that just has 5, 10, 15, and 20lbs weights, then I don’t need to be working out over there at all. Because there’s only a 3lbs difference between 17.5 and 20. I kept trying to reason with her for a while, her staff had previously told me I was right and that they agreed with me, but the manager wouldn’t listen to them. The whole time I was talking to her, she was rude, wouldn’t maintain eye contact and was really dismissive. Eventually I just said, “Well, alright then. Just wanted to bring the problem to your attention.” and left. Her staff looking on apologetically.
I was pretty ticked off by this. I couldn’t seem to calm down, I was just mad.
So what did I do? I baked cookies. That helped a lot. Cookies I can’t actually eat, due to a gluten allergy, but cookies I am going to give to my friend who makes the cool videos, because he’s got a slight obsession with my oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Doing something nice for someone is great therapy. Though usually I just stew about it until I get tired. Cause I’m silly.
My previous post “Soft & Lovely” actually came back to me as I was driving home, thinking about all the things I wished I’d said to that lady, while listening to Air1, my favorite Christian radio station. (Ironic, yes?) I realized, if I really want to be soft and lovely, I have to extend that kind and gentle nature to everyone. Not trust everyone, or be a pushover and let people walk all over me, but be respectful. Not respond to rudeness by returning it. I didn’t respond in an ill way today, but I had been thinking about saying something to her next time I see her. But I see now that it’s not worth it. There’s no profitable outcome from it.
Anyway, that’s my little life lesson of the day. ^_^
Until next time!