Against all odds
Let's face it. Life is unfair. When
seemingly insurmountable odds
are against you, it's easy to give
up or lash out in anger. What is
most challenging is navigating
one's way through obstacles to
success. This requires patience,
resolve, and often a good friend.
Without somebody at your side,
it's awfully lonely at the bottom
of the barrel. With their help, you
may get a leg up on your enemies
and even win a battle or two.
Why do women treat other women so
horrifically? Assuming it's still a man's
world, why isn't the fair sex banding
together as opposed to pulling each
other's hair out? Time and time again
I've witnessed selfish, manipulative
behavior. All focused between girls,
rarely at boys. Is this based on some
odd sense of competition? Does some
inner voice force ladies to elbow each
other out of the way as they climb up
the corporate ladder? I'm not a sexist
but come on girls, play nice!
Out of sight, out of mind
Men are so much simpler. If we don't
like you, we simply avoid or dismiss
you. Once you're out of our radar range
you no longer exist and usually that's
enough. Most men compartmentalize
our lives and those we prefer to forget
go into a closed box on a very high, far
away shelf. Rather than be combative,
most male managers are conflict adverse.
That's my way of saying they're wimps.
When confronted with a problem, they
often act like it doesn't exist. And we
wonder why nothing ever changes?
Offense is defense
Women are men's complete opposites.
When something (or someone) bothers
them, they obsess, plot, plan, and worry
about every aspect of a confrontation.
Then, they leap into action. If a man is
their victim, most are blindsided and
obliterated. However if the obstacle is
another woman, watch out. Hell hath
no fury like a woman scorned. Once
challenged, a lady will step back, lick
her wounds, and plan a counter attack.
One thing is certain, if it's in anyway
possible for her to win, she will.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could
all just get along? Sadly that rarely is
how life works. The swirl of human
conflict seems to be life's ebb tide. It
pushes us back and forth so that we
usually end up in the same spot or
slightly behind. Rarely does drama
propel us forward. At the root of this
is a lack of true leadership, conviction,
and honesty. One can't assume that
everyone knows what the right thing
to do is. I've come to the conclusion
that the majority is ignorant at best.
Ultimately the truth always wins.
So assuming you've done no wrong,
right will be on your side. However
that rarely does you any good when
you're mired deep in the muck. The
odds are you'll lose a bit of your pride
in the process. However if you stay
focused, the tide will turn and you'll
be vindicated. You see manipulation,
malevolence, deceit, and other forms
of subterfuge can cloud reality in the
short term. In the end, the truth comes
out, just never when we'd like it to.