Food for Thought #2 – Learning How to Just Be

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Today was the first day on my new job. I’m thankful for it, because one, let’s be honest I need money, but two because while it is not the job I expected myself to be doing post college I’m glad I have it.

The job is a part time position at a liquor store and surprisingly enough, I enjoy everything about the job so far. That may change, but for right now I’m thankful because that is a prayer answered.

One of the first things that stuck out to me, is how great the staff is. They are supportive, helpful, and relatable people.

Today was my training day and I kept messing up. I had customers coming up to me and asking where certain things were and asking for suggestions on various wines and spirits. I did not know where inventory was, I kept getting mixed up while stocking; and to add insult to injury I broke two bottles of alcohol while on shift.

Throughout the entire day though, no one yelled or got upset with me, no one got tired of helping me, and no one was disrespectful. When I broke those bottles of alcohol my coworkers said that it would not be a good first day if I did not break something, and it was no big deal.

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    My first day at this job, in comparison to other places that I’ve worked, was like nothing I’ve ever experienced before.

    The entire day however, I kept saying to myself that it was my first day and that it was impossible for me to not mess up and that I should not beat myself up over going through a learning process.

    It was in those moments throughout the day that I had to come to terms with myself.

    It’s okay to just be. It’s okay to just let life take its course. Its okay to not be perfect and to not always be right.

    This has always been a challenge for me because I’ve always held a high and at times unattainable standard for myself, to the point where its okay for everyone else to mess up but its not okay for me to mess up.

    So far this week, not including today, all I’ve done is mess up in some way shape form or fashion, and I think that its a wake up call for me, especially in this particular time in my life.

    Do not let your short comings dictate your outcome. we are more than our mistakes. It’s our response to our mistakes that makes us the people we are.

    So its okay for you and I to just be, be in the moment at any given moment. Take in everything that is happening to and around you, and use it as an opportunity to grow.

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