#ThursdayThought – Small Stuff, Big Deal
Kids are funny to watch.
The older sibling comes running to her mom because her younger brother “was looking at me wrong.”
Mom’s probable answer might be “Just ignore him.” She is telling her child that it’s no big deal.
It’s somewhat cute when children are engaging in that behavior. Not so cute when it’s working adults.
If we heard someone in our workplace make that same claim, we’d probably think about saying to them the same thing that our mothers told us.
However, many of us make big deals over small stuff that we should – as self-professed mature adults – ignore or overlook.
The crossed arms – probably not a signal of defiance.
The empty look – maybe a comprehension barrier.
The momentary checking out of a meeting – possibly a distraction of thought (and still work-related) and not a knock on leadership.
The short email or text – likely not in anger but perhaps an overwhelmed individual.
Many intentional behaviors – like the younger brother’s – are simply childish and can be dismissed by not giving an audience. But the unintentional ones – due to organizational barriers, physical limitations or unknown factors – can also be let go as many may simply amount to nothing.
We can choose to be worked up on the little things (and the perceived larger things) and make them into bigger deals than they should be.
Give everything it’s place, including your response.
You may not understand the rationale for the other person’s behavior. And in many cases you can exemplify a gracious behavior that can help our society not get worked up over something they perceived to be an injustice towards them.
When it was no big deal really.
(image: Photo by Alex Mihai C on Unsplash)