You Should Have Worn A Longer Coat

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I have debated with myself whether or not to share this story. I concluded that it will help explain how epilepsy can interfere with maintaining a job. I also believe it shows  how we all need to learn to take the good with the bad. I believe in...

I have debated with myself whether or not to share this story. I concluded that it will help explain how epilepsy can interfere with maintaining a job. I also believe it shows  how we all need to learn to take the good with the bad. I believe in Karma, with the thought that there is more good in this world than bad.

"Karma means action, work or deed; It also refers to the spiritual principle of cause and effect where intent and actions of an individual (cause) influence the future of that individual (effect).” *Wikipedia 

My intention is to not speak ill of the company. I tell this story because of how misunderstood epilepsy can be. After I lost my license a couple of years ago, I had to take THREE buses to make it to the job I had at the time.  It is good to note that my manager, Jane Doe, knew about my epilepsy and car accident.

One day Jane Doe was having the president over to her home for an important meeting. She asked if I could come too and of course, I would never miss a meeting with the president of the company.

The day came and it came with a blizzard. Bright and early, I stood out across the street from my home at the bus stop. I am a petite woman so the snow was up to my knees. I was wet, cold, and frustrated. When I finally arrived at her front door, the first thing she said to me was:

"You should have worn a longer coat.”

Additionally, the meeting only lasted for 15 minutes. After the meeting I was back out by the bus stop which was right across the street from her home. I hoped that she would be like most people, and extend an offer for a ride down the street the sheltered bus station. No dice. Now, couple years later, I have had time to reflect on this bad experience and now see the good that came from it.

A blizzard is something that is out of your control. By standing in the snow for basically the entire day, I know now NO commute will ever top that.

The very next week after the weather had cleared the president brought me into his office. “Oh crap! What did I do?” I thought. He asked if I was interested in a new position that opened up where I would no longer have to work for Jane Doe. In that same conversation he found out what it took for me to get to that one meeting.

“Heck, we could have just had a conference call. I'm sorry you had to go through that.”

There was a reason as to why a blizzard had to happen on the day of a so called “important meeting.” I like to think it showed my dedication to the company. Along with the new position I received a raise. Who doesn't like making more money!?

Jane Doe ended up getting fired. She didn't get along with many people in the company, especially the president. I feel because she was unsympathetic to my situation it showed her true colors. The cause and effect theory proved to be true in this case.

Complaining won't solve anything. I bit the inside of my cheek so hard to stop me from saying anything nasty to her that it was sore throughout the entire weekend. Had I complained about the weather or having to come down for a quick meeting, I probably would have been the one that got fired.

Snow. Mean people. Late buses. I can do it all. I won't let a nasty situation (or person) change me. I learned to keep negative people out of my life, all they do is bring you down. I proved to myself that I can conquer anything.

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