Thursday, July 26, 2007

A Bad Day

I just lost my temper. I cussed out a co-worker because he asked me about an issue that I thought had been resolved by our boss. I completely lost it. I yelled at him, "What are you, f**king crazy?!" And on and on. Then the boss got on the phone and explained that she had changed her mind and the co-worker was just asking me how I wanted to handle her new order.

I apologized to him.

Now I feel bad. I almost never do this. It's the first time I've lost my temper in eight years on this job. Why did I get angry? Why did I attack him with profanity? Why didn't I calmly get the facts and then explain my position to him?

It was not my finest moment. I will learn something from this.

UPDATE: I felt so bad about yelling at my co-worker that I went outside and beat the crap out of the first guy I saw. So it turned out to be an okay day after all.

5 comments:

Dismuke said...

"Why did I get angry? Why did I attack him with profanity? Why didn't I calmly get the facts and then explain my position to him?"

If you are like me, it is likely that something - perhaps something that did not even have anything to do with your job - had been frustrating you and you were either not fully aware of just how much or had lacked any sort of outlet to vent that frustration. After a while, enough pressure built up that your patience became very limited and you blew your top at something that otherwise would not have been such a big deal.

That is usually what I find is the case when I blow my cool like that. While it may appear sudden and out of the blue, very often it was the final straw of something that had been building for awhile.

Mike said...

Sometimes circumstances are intolerable and one must rightly vent. Trust me on this one. But yes, your mind may well have been hard at work on other matters, as dismuke suggests.

EdMcGon said...

You may want to cut back on the coffee. ;)

Myrhaf said...

What do you mean by that?! Huh?! WHAT THE $%#^@* ARE YOU SAYING? THAT I'M HIGH STRUNG? TOUCHY? IS THAT WHAT YOU'RE SAYING, you @*&%$? AAAAAARGH!!!

Anonymous said...

Don't worry, the guy you beat up probably deserved it.

Rgs
Kai Bugge