At one of my former jobs, I worked with all women. I worked for a woman, managed women, and the business catered to women. Women, women everywhere!
We could not hold staff meeting because no one in the group would hush long enough to let the meeting facilitator cover the material needing to be covered. At a training event a few years back, I became totally flustered (yes, I admit it) and walked out. Yep, I said, “I can’t do this,” shook my head, and simply walked out. Believe me, it was an omen for what was to come.
The discussion began with whether or not we should keep the lights on for Yoga, turn the lights off for Yoga, leave a few lights on during Yoga, etc. Are you kidding me? Fifteen minutes of our supposedly thirty minute meeting was trying to decide what to do with the lighting. Yep…that’s women for you.
Within this team, no one ever learned the technique of sitting quietly and listening. Although the Yoga turned out just fine, I will admit working with all women drove me crazy. I am baffled because I have a deep concern for girls and women worldwide. I guess I enjoy helping people who want the help.
I’ve noticed lately that I seem to stomp out of lots of unproductive conversations - on Facebook, in useless arguments, and in relationships that are toxic. I stopped saying, “I can’t take this” and began declaring, “I don’t have to take this.”
As I mature, both in age and spirit, I understand Paul’s intent in his message that taught, “Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels.”
By the way, I like Yoga much better with dim lighting.
*Namaste – “An Indian gesture of greeting; a polite bow of greeting or farewell; a respect for the Divine <capitalization mine> in all of us.”