I listen to public radio while I work. One of my favorite shows is NPR’s Talk of the Nation. I listen to the podcasts via iTunes, so I’m generally a day or so behind, depending.
Yesterday, I listened to an episode about the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. People were calling in to talk about the status of things in their towns. One call hit me. A guy from the electric company called in saying that he and his men have been working long, hard days trying to clean everything up, deal with fallen trees, and get everyone’s power restored.
Despite their efforts, he and his crew have dealt with a lot of complaints.
Now, quickly, let me say that I understand how frustrating it would be to be without power – especially in emergency conditions. Two, he was not saying that EVERYONE was complaining.
Just that he wished more people could be understanding.
It would be nice if someone said thanks, or brought them coffee.
Again, I can see Frustrated-Helena scoffing at Calm-Helena’s advice. These men are doing their jobs. No one brings me coffee at my job! HMPH.
True. But in this situation – a natural disaster – you have two choices. You can be part of the problem (yell at men who are just doing their jobs) or part of the solution (bring them coffee).
I hope the next time I’m presented with this kind of situation, I bring the coffee.