I shared inaccurate memes and stopped years ago.
Many of my friends make the same mistake I used to even today.
In your office, in your work life as it is now, people may be doing much the same thing— sharing about indignities that they’ve experienced, sharing about how they were wrong, attempting to enroll you in their drama and gain you as an ally.
We rarely investigate.
We take our colleague or friend at face value as they describe the indignity that they’ve experienced.
Somebody events may be true like a meme that is partially correct.
But when you investigate further you might learn the truth.
The truth is rarely what you were told,
it’s hard to extricate yourself from these situations without being ostracized. But what difference does it make? After all, the way it is set up is damned if you do or damned if you don’t. Your parroting back a falsehood and ostracized by the other party (or lose promotional opportunities for challenging manager or boss) or lose the complaining colleague.
Find the other ways to deal with this before you agree or disagree.
Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2020
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