I have a coworker who doesn’t seem to care about doing a good job – who doesn’t even do the basics of their job. I depend on this person to do my own job effectively. Maybe you work with someone like this. Or maybe, also like me, you don’t have the tools or resources you need to fulfill the duties that you’re paid to do.
It’s frustrating, I know. When you’re an overachiever, your natural tendency – your instinct, even – is to do your best all the time. When things, people, situations get in the way of that, it can be infuriating. And for people like you and me, that fury can turn into stress. Why can’t you people just get out of my way? I could be doing so much more if you weren’t here. Or if you were just more like me.
Guys, I’m here to tell you something. If you can internalize it, it’s going to make your life a lot easier:
None of this shit really matters.
Logically, you know this already. We are tiny specks of dust in an infinite, ancient universe and the fact that Brayden/Jayden/Kayden from Accounting didn’t do the one thing he is actually responsible for…it falls pretty low on the scale of relative importance.
But I also know that in that moment, it so easy to forget. That one little letdown can derail your day or week, and over time, it can make you hate your whole job.
So I’m here today to remind you, just when you need it most: Brayden is a speck of dust. Now, you may take this as an opportunity to feel superior, but guess what? You are a speck of dust too. The invoice that didn’t get paid? It’s an even smaller speck of dust. In six months, you will probably have forgotten it even happened.
So, knowing that the lost invoice has no bearing on humanity at large, knowing that life is mostly just a series of short term problems, see if you can fast forward in your mind to that point in the future when it is so insignificant that you can barely remember it.
Think ahead to a day when it will seem as silly as it actually is. Visualize it. Now open your eyes, and laugh.