The impact of what we do and what we say goes further than most of us realize. Today was a great example. Some fellow passengers on a flight that I took earlier today were not so kind to the flight attendant when he ran out of their desired meal options. He politely explained the rules for meal selection. The passengers weren't so nice in their response.
I put out a Twitter directly referencing some of the passengers to make a point.
My point: no one deserves to be treated that way.
There were repercussions beyond making a point to the passenger, it could have affected her job. For what, because she could have been having a bad day. Is that fair? In hind sight no, it isn't. At the same time, we must take responsibility for our actions. I do regret making those posts. Even though my intentions were benevolent towards the flight attendant and to her as well, there were better ways of handling the situation.
Now taking a step back there are back stories to both the flight attendant and the passengers alike.
I spoke to a flight attendant today who told me she cried two out of the past three days because passengers treated her so poorly. Who knows what else happened in her day that a rude remark by a passenger could possibly hit so deeply. How many times was she belittled by passengers that just one biting comment could bring her to tears?
On the other hand, was the passengers' intention to make her feel so belittled that she was brought to tears? I don't think so. I have more faith in the human spirit than to believe that. But maybe at times, we can get so caught up in our own lives that we fail to recognize the impact we can have on others, both for good and for the bad.
If all of us today had taken a step back to think about our impact on others, today would have been brighter for all. But, hind sight is a b#%^*. Take a more proactive approach to everything you do. We can all move forward and do something different...starting now.