Re: Plays well with others

Subject: Re: Plays well with others
From: "John Fleming" <johnf -at- ecn -dot- ab -dot- ca>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2001 22:20:07 -0700

> Subject: Re: Plays well with others
> From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- progeny -dot- com>
> Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2001 10:42:23 -0800
> X-Message-Number: 34

> Others may be grumpy because, through no fault of their own, they
> have ongoing stresses, such as health problems or a sick family
> member. At the same time, they may not want to talk about the
> problem, if only because they'd like to get away from it for a
> while. Probably, you can't do very much for people in this category
> except cut them some slack and maybe listen to them every once and a
> while if they feel like talking. However, it's important to remember
> that even the best adjusted person can fall into this category, and
> that you can't just tell these people to whistle a happy tune or
> take up a New Age therapy.

I agree with you here, Bruce.

Many years ago, when my career was young and the earth was green and
new--OK, I was poetic. Anyway, when I read Leif's description of
Sally I could see a bit of myself in my early career.

To make a long story short, it was shortly after I graduated from
university and was still living at home. I think I could safely
describe my family as highly dysfunctional, and the stresses from that
were wreaking havoc in other areas of my life--including my career.

So I think Leif should be aware that something like this may be
affecting Sally.

I'm not sure how to ferret out the truth in this situation--I was on
the other side of the fence making everyone else miserable.


John Fleming
Technical Writer
Edmonton, Alberta
email: johnf -at- ecn -dot- ab -dot- ca


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