I want to thank all my wonderful Spark Buddies who've replied to my two most recent blogs. I'll admit it. I haven't been a in good place the last few days. I know I'm usually an upbeat person, but some days the job hunt gets me down. So, I am appreciative to all of you who've read and commented on those two blogs that were written while experiencing some frustration. Thank you for letting me vent.
I was overwhelmed with support and I think you should know, I also received one particularly negative comment which bothered me. No, the comment is not listed. It was emailed to me as a private PM. A member felt I was out of line for airing "dirty laundry". They felt that the situation at the gym could have been resolved privately and didn't need to be announced in so public a forum. They said I generalize and name call i.e. the idiots at the gym. They pointed out inaccuracies in my blog statements. They said that as an employer, they would not hire me because they felt those traits were not indicative of a team player.
What should I do ? Why write a blog ! Yes, I'm going to continue to air my dirty laundry in a public forum. Why ? Because I believe in being open with my feelings. Because I believe everyone has bad days and has a right to blog about them. And most of all because I TRUST the advice and comments from my Spark Friends. That's why I vent. Because I know my Spark Friends understand where I'm coming from. They understand because they've been where I have been. They have walked in my shoes. They know what it's like to feel frustrated and just want to scream at the top of your lungs.
Which is what I did in my last two posts. I was screaming at the top of my lungs in frustration and anger and all those other good emotions that get us kicked out of church. And you know what ? I FEEL SO MUCH BETTER.
So, my blogs aren't perfect. Well, neither am I.
SANDIEJOHN wrote a wonderful blog about this very subject. No, he wasn't applying for a job at the TSA. LOL ! No, but he blogged about members who left negative comments on his blogs. His blog title - If You Don't Like It, Look Elsewhere. He's spot on. You can't please everyone.
When I started training as a group exercise instructor, one thing the master trainer said was that there were going to be people who walk out of your class and that doesn't make you a bad instructor. They said, you can't please everyone. Don't take anything personally. So, whenever someone walks out of my class, I don't take it personally.
I'm not taking that negative comment personally either. I'm taking it to a public forum ! LOL !!! Seriously for a moment, I want this to be a teaching moment for us all. I don't want other members to be afraid to blog about their feelings for fear of offending another member.