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The workplace is home to many things; The office fish microwaver, the phantom farter, and much more, but the one thing that strikes fear in the hearts of most men, is a new Mom bringing her baby to work.
Babies are cute. There, I said it.
Men have three main fears; Standing up in front of people with their fly down, evil clowns and breaking a newborn baby.
I would imagine, even a new Father goes through a whole list of worrisome scenarios surrounding the holding of a new born. Women constantly will tell you, "You can hold him/her. You can't break him/her." See men don't feel the same way. Men would rather walk on hot coals, broken glass, or hot broken glass than hold a newborn. If, and I mean if a man is talked into it, he becomes a multiple anxiety attack on two legs. "Cradle the head, Cradle the head," he keeps thinking, then he starts looking for the next holder to pass the baby off to. When the handoff is complete, the ex-holder goes around the corner and faints.
If a man lingers far enough away from the "hold and pass" group, he now is faced with the second most anxiety filled set of decisions, What to say.
To parents, a child is a blessing they are entrusted to care for. They realize that there will be mistakes along the way, and their child will; challenge authority, get the tatoo they were forbidden to get, and more, but if someone, anyone says something Ill, wrong or negative about their child - it's World War 3.
Men are Dumb, and we certainly don't have the grace and diplomacy of speech when talking to a Mother about their newborn. Men say dumb things all the time, and now is not the time for a man to speak "man". So, the Mother swings the baby around for him to view and comment, and now a man's mind goes into overdrive. He begins to think, "What should I say? I want to say, 'Hey look, it's a baby,' but for some reason, that doesn't seem right." The man goes back in his mind to the one time he watched, Three Men and a Baby for inspiration, and there is none for him.
In a flash of genius (which is rare), he thinks to himself that he should take a page from the female playbook. He clears his throat, and steps onto the thin ice of the situation, "That baby is so cute," the females in the group smile and beam in approval. The commenting man feels a bit cocky, and adds one more comment, "he looks just like his Mom," and the smiling female crowd lets out a collective "Awww."
The guy smiles back, because not only did he say the right thing in front of a group of females, but he also pulled off a veiled flirtatious move on the Mom, and didn't get in trouble for that. He now goes around the corner and faints with the ex-holder.
Women are far better suited for this event. They know how to hold a baby, to ask the right questions, and to say the right things. It is a bonding moment for Mother, new baby, and the office friends. Keep in mind, the office heard the great news of conception, saw the ultrasounds, talked to the nervous Mom through the trimesters, and now they share in the new chapters of this little life. The men are happy for the new Mother, too, as they hide in their cubes rehearsing the right thing to say when the Mother and baby walk by. Guys, say whatever the women say, or say you have Laryngitis.
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So, I may not be the sharpest pencil in the box, but if we need to "Go Green," then let's do it. The picture here is a Winco (but you probably have a similar store that does the same thing in your area) grocery store/warehouse, and they have a bulk product area. You go, get a bag there, fill up whatever you need and go. It works with rice, granola and other items, so let's go all the way.
My wife and I are constantly buying plastic jugs of this or that, but what if there were vats of all different kinds of laundry detergent, bleach, dish washing liquid, etc, and you bring back your old jug and fill it up with whatever you need. I also suggest that if people start doing that, the stores and makers give a sizable discount to save money on packaging. If its cheaper to go green, people will do it more often.
Anyway, that's the way I see it. What do you think?
I'm a software trainer at my day job. From time to time, we get new people on the team, and for the first few weeks on the job, they are asked to shadow the more experienced trainers. I'm not bragging, but something that I'm pretty good at it is seeing not what people are (shy, introverted, etc) , but what they can be. I remember one guy in particular, he was a Hispanic gentleman older than me. He was very quiet, but he knew alot, and I started to talk with him, joking around a bit, and I noticed he started to laugh. Over time, I would give him my two cents of what I had learned over time about reading a crowd, spotting someone who needed something explained a different way, etc. I watched him come out of his shell over time, and become a great member of the team.
Months later, the entire department had an "all hands" meeting, and we were asked to say something affirming about another member of them team. The people began to stand up and give their affirmations, and my Hispanic ex-Wallflower friend stood up, and said, "I want to thank Jeff, for taking the time to teach me so much about this job. I really appreciate it. Thanks, Jeff". People clapped, and I got a little misty-eyed. Sometimes you feel like the good things you do for others go unnoticed, but I want to tell you that every time you pour good into someones life, it comes back to you somehow. That day, I saw the worth of helping a Wallflower grow, and now I ask pass the baton to you.
Do you know a Wallflower? Maybe its a person with a bruised soul, etc. I know we all aren't trained professionals, and can't save anyone, but we can be kind and encouraging. I could list out different scenarios and types of people, but I think as you read this, you knew who this Wallflower is in your life. I encourage you to take the step to encourage that person. Draw out the Destiny in their life. Realize that shy people are comfortable in the corner. They've been there a long time, and changing that place in their life is scary, but one step is how a marathon starts. I believe that the world could be a very different place, if we all live our full potential, and do what we were made to do.
What if the Wallflower is you? You have purpose, invaluable worth and gifts that the rest of the world desperately needs. Take the first step, and try your destiny out. The world is wide open with possibilities. We are all behind you, cheering you on. Go for it. :)
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My name is Jeff. I'm a married guy, living in Orange County, CA. I'm a software trainer by day, and a Social Media content creator by night (Kinda like Twlight, but I don't sparkle). I blog, write stories, try to make money at it all, and help people traverse the Social Media waters. Thanks for stopping by, following and telling your friends about it.