others-fulfilling prophesy

for the most part, i give what people expect of me.  maybe that’s human nature…or maybe it’s just me.

it’s been brought to my attention this week (and i suppose several weeks have lead up to this) that my boss holds me to a different standard than the rest of my gardening crew of ladies.  and not the good kind of different standard.

whether i deserve the disapproval she’s decided upon…or not…is a matter of perception.  but i’ve realized – yet again – that often i give people exactly what they expect… and it’s not the way i’d like to operate.  it’s easy to perform well when someone thinks you’re capable of anything.  but i want to give my most even when someone believes i’m giving far less.  and balancing self respect with humility and grace.

there’s got to be a good balance in there somewhere.  i’m always having trouble finding balance.  maybe that’s human nature…or maybe it’s just me.

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Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.
-Kahlil Gibran

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