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No shit, Tempus Fugit!
Self-Centric~Me, Contrite~Me 
11th-Oct-2008 01:05 pm
waterfall: nk_seashore
So, perspective is a beautiful thing.

Here I am, whining about being stood up by the supposed love of my life (she says ironically) and being trumped at the last minute in a fanfic free-for-all, when there are people with real problems close at hand.

Yesterday P called in a sad state, having just been diagnosed with ulcers, surviving a tense board meeting (I know what those are like) and having been inflicted with the worst personnel review of her life. Her Executive Director is a worthless bitch, evidently. And it's wearing on P. I've seen creative people squelched before, and it's not a pretty sight. She needs to find her way free of all that garbage.

And D's husband has taken a turn for the worse. He might not pull through, and she's not handling it well. It would be hard to decide what's worse: to lose someone immediately or by painful inches.

And Sue's best friend, a breast cancer survivor, now has a tumor in her stomach. Poor woman. And it will be horrible for Sue.

I worked 12 hours yesterday (well, I did go to lunch with a friend in the middle of the day) after staying home sick on Thursday. And today the sun is shining, so we're taking a ride and listening to some tunes. It's always good to remind yourself how lucky you are.

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11th-Oct-2008 08:40 pm (UTC)
yeah BUT it is not a contest, and the suck, sucks

regardless of scale, or timing in our lives

((hugs))

love
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12th-Oct-2008 04:41 am (UTC)
Self-Centric~Me

This is absolutely NOT true. You are one of the least self-centric people I know! You're allowed the right to feel bad about how you're treated, after all. You rarely indulge that, but it's perfectly okay when you do.

I wish I could be as focused on others as you are. I sincerely do. I can't tell you how much I respect and admire that about you.

I'm sorry about what P is going through and about D, too. And of course I'm sorry about Patsy, too. I know that you always see these things clearly and use them as reminders of how lucky you (and we) are. That's cool. But it's also cool to feel bad when bad things are happening to you.

You worked a 12-hour day? What a surprise. NOT! I wish I had a list of every time you'd worked 12 hours straight (usually with no lunch break) in the last three or four years. I sincerely wish I did! Nobody would believe the amount of time we're talking about it... (Except ME, of course.) And just after being terribly ill, too. You're amazing.

I won't bother to tell you to keep your chin up, because you don't need me to tell you that. You'll power on as always. Because you're the strongest person I know.

I'm so proud of you.

(hugs)

12th-Oct-2008 06:49 am (UTC)
Actually, I'm a very self-centered person. I don't kid myself about that at all. It is what it is, and although I'd like to improve, I'm not currently trying very hard.

I would have liked to have taken a bottle of wine over to P's, even though the line of traffic to the island was horrible. And I would have liked to call D on her cell phone. But did I? Nope.

Anyway, I'm glad I'm strong, because there are plenty of people who need to draw on strength. At least I can offer that.
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