Life isn’t fair! How many times have you said that to yourself? I tried to count it today, but I couldn’t come up with a final calculation. The truth of the matter is the total isn’t that high. Generally, when life upsets me, my go-to childish response is, “I HATE YOU!”
Any comedian with a “day job” will tell you there isn’t anything worse than returning from a comedy festival and heading back into the office. Nothing will sober you up from a four-day adrenaline rush faster than one unruly customer after another. And that was my day today!
People yelling, bitching, throwing tantrums like children trying to get money back for ridiculous reasons. When I say, “No, I am sorry, this is our policy” and I get attacked. I am not really sure what Trump is doing for our country, nor am I trying to debate any of you, but I will say one thing. He is definitely teaching the people of America how to verbalize a solid threat.
So here I am, back in the office, doing the best I can, feeling like I am stuck in between a rock and a hard place. I have two options. I can respond to these bullies like North Korea and threaten World War 3, OR I can behave more like Obama and say, “Let’s just hug this out.” All I know is, by the ninth hour, I am steadily losing my patience. “If one more person attacks me today…” knock…knock…knock.
I open my door, take a deep breath and an employee slips a cancellation form in front of me. “She just wants to know what her last payment will be.” I look into the security camera and all I see is a baldhead. Something inside me said I should get up and go speak to this person. I walk out and this woman had this beautiful energy about her and she politely says, “I understand you have policies and I am happy to pay whatever is due. I am too sick to participate.” I told her not to worry, we would take care of everything and refund all charges.
I went back into my office feeling a little sad and a little calm at the same time. Of course I wanted to scream, “Life you aren’t fair! I hate you!” But, then I thought to myself, “Is that what you really think you’re supposed to walk away from this day thinking? Life isn’t fair? You’re off the stage at this moment so stop being so damn dramatic Rizzi!”
So, no, I am not going to do that. I am not going to let the bullies I face turn me into a person who hates life and the people who I encounter on a daily basis. Life is what it is. There are both good and bad parts about it. Bullies get their way, kind people get sick, lazy people find success, people who work hard never get the chance, good hearts get broken, and you never know what someone else is going through that makes them behave the way that they do. So, put your foot down when an asshole is out of line, be as nice as you possibly can to people who are sick, and do your best to let your loving light shine despite all obstacles. After all, life is a gift and you never really know when it’s going to be taken away.
Onward and upward…with my mind repeating a line from the movie I watched on the plane ride home from the comedy festival…”just be sure to notice the collateral beauty!”