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My life lesson for the day
Thursday, January 04, 2007

Never instant message someone when you're angry.

Work is pretty busy these days, and most of my coworkers and I are dreading the next three months of "busy season." I admit, when I get stressed, I tend to do/say things without thinking first. Just 5 more seconds of extra brain power can usually save my butt from doing/saying something I would regret later.

Well I pulled a major "Daphne" today when I got annoyed at the guy sitting next to me in the conference room. Now mind you, I don't sit in a cubicle like most corporate America. I usually work in conference rooms with a team anywhere between two and six people. So this guy next to me says something that I disagreed with, and since I have seniority over him I corrected him. Well for some reason he didn't let the subject drop and something inside me just snapped. I immediately pulled up my "buddy list" so that I could type an instant message to my other coworker. In the message I said something like "gee I feel bad for being so harsh to him but seriously it annoys me when he doesn't listen to me the first time."

Yah, you guessed it. The message went to the person I was annoyed with, and not the other guy. As soon as I saw it I wanted to crawl in a hole. I realized though that I didn't say any names, but it's pretty obvious given the context of the message and the fact that I was just talking to this guy that it was him. So he messages me back and says "who are you talking about?" and I just totally LIED (yes I know I know, don't throw stones at me) and said I was talking about another guy in the room. He just said "oh, ok." but I could tell the wheels were spinning in his head.

Okay, I feel AWFUL. Honestly, I really like this guy... I love working with him, but I just snapped. I shouldn't have even been pissed off at him because he works so hard and he's just a great person. So yes, I'm scum, I'm admitting it. And I am saying this in cyberspace land... I am SORRY. I don't know what I would've done if I had said his name in that message. So in the future I will try not to message anyone when I get angry, or even better... just follow the ol saying "if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all."


posted by Daphne @ 10:35 PM  
  • At 7:47 AM, Blogger Mormishgirl said…

    My husband can be so impossible, so I can totally understand how he could make you send an instant message in complaint:) I have flash pot angry. I get angry REALLY quickly and REALLY furiously and then about 2 minutes later I cool down a bit. It's a curse, but it makes for some funny stories sometimes!

  • At 10:45 AM, Blogger Daphne said…

    omg mormishgirl... i wasn't angry at your husband. he was the one i was trying to instant message to vent my anger.. and it ended up going to the other guy instead. LOL my bad! =(

  • At 1:37 PM, Blogger Holly said…

    mormishgirl, I'm the same way.

    Poor daph! Next time email me. LOL

  • At 4:41 PM, Blogger Dylan aka Rowena said…

    LOL, Aww Daph, that's funny and embarrassing at the same time. =)


  • At 12:32 PM, Blogger Charm School Reject said…

    Your IM wasn't THAT harsh though. You were actually apologizing to the guy for being harsh. He should listen the first time.

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