Are You Too Big For Your Britches?
Did your mom ever tell you not to get “too big for your britches?” Maybe she said you already were. If she didn’t, you’re better than me! I think my mom probably still says that about me sometimes. And that is why I think this is a good reminder for those of us that have been warned against it.
We see it everywhere. Entertainers who think they can get by with anything say something from stage and the country retaliates by boycotting their shows. Athletes getting in brawls at nightclubs because they don’t think anyone will turn them in. Local politicians who weave in and out of traffic in their brand new sports car because they think they won’t get a ticket. CEO’s using the company plane for personal vacations because “they can.” Some people have so many “yes” men/women around them that they feel they are invincible. They are constantly photographed and told how great they are that they can forget who they were when they put their pants on one leg at a time.
What about us? How do we treat those around us? In our world of social media, we can all be celebrities. We can all have people telling us we’re wonderful and we can feel like we hung the moon. But is it real or is it just like a great Instagram filter? Do we respect others – even when we don’t agree with them? Or do we make a point to tell them they’re wrong because we feel we’re right? It can be as simple as a “thank you” to a restaurant server or making eye contact with the person who held the door open as you walked up.
When we are working with a service professional, do we think we know how to do their job better than they do? We may, but we shouldn’t act like it. Communication goes a long way in understanding the other person’s point of view. Most of the time, I have found that people have definite reasons for doing things the way they do. When I have thought I knew better, I have often understood that their reasoning was sound and that had it been done differently, the outcome may have not been a good one.
This is just a little reminder to check ourselves. Stress runs at high levels and if we find that we are acting a little too big for our britches, take a step back and breathe. We are human. We ALL make mistakes and we ALL deserve kindness.
Michelle Froedge is a residential Realtor and Principal Broker in the Greater Nashville and Williamson County areas of Tennessee. “Mom” to four-legged fur babies, Tyler and Livvie, Auntie to Zelamie, she is a vegetarian and sings in her spare time. Michelle has lived in Nashville and Franklin since 1997 and has been selling homes since 2004.