I went to work a couple days ago and as I was getting all the different computer programs opened I have to use the supervisor for the area came in and asked if we could talk for a few minutes. I said, sure and followed him to his office. I wasn’t sure what was going on, because I had not heard about any issues but, one never knows. As we talked, he asked the generic how has it been going? It’s been pretty busy, any problems with staff? and such. Then, he sort of hemmed and hawed a minute and finally got to the issue. Saying, “well, Sue was complaining the other day that you have been picking on her, said somethings she didn’t like and writing bad stuff on your blog.” She asked if I had read any of it and I hadn’t, because I didn’t know about it. But, she showed me and said, there are several that are about me and people are going to think I am not good at my job and a terrible person.” He asked, “what is she talking about?” I told him that she was talking about patients she had seen over the weekend that needed female exams, and talking about circumstances that made me uncomfortable hearing about it and coming close to violating confidentiality regulations. She didn’t, but she came really close. It was unprofessional, unethical and disturbing to me so I asked her to not tell me more because it wasn’t my patient and the details make me uncomfortable and could be in violation of laws.
“Oh, okay, that makes sense, I know she kind of gossips and such.” Then commented that he had read several of my blog posts and said he didn’t see anything that he thought referred to her, but then added, “but, if she feels guilty about something, then I suppose she could draw that conclusion, but I wouldn’t have thought anything you wrote was about her. I know how she is and always thinks everyone either loves her or hates her and picks on her. Don’t worry about it, there is nothing to her complaint and I am not even going to do any paperwork, I will just tell her she is overreacting.”
After that, we talked a little more, then he said, “so, reading your blog, it looks like I know what brought about the changes I have seen. You have been different the last 3 years, but the last few months, even more so. 5 or 6 years ago you were pretty tightly wound, hostile, looking for a chance to be angry. The last couple years, so much better than before, but the last few months. Nothing phases you anymore, you don’t get angry, you don’t snap at people, your language has changed too, you don’t use any curse words or even look upset when before you would have been. It’s amazing and everyone has noticed.”
Well, I said, “God can do that for a person” and he agreed, but then said he needed to get to work and I probably did too and we went to our work areas. I haven’t tried talking to people about Christ, other than one nurse that is a strong Christian. We talk some, but working for the government, one can’t talk a lot about religion but when we are the only ones there, we do talk some.
I take no credit for the changes in me, it is Christ in me that brought about the changes, it is the work of God that has made me a better person to work with and be around. Oh, I try to watch how I say things, if I feel I am getting frustrated or start to get angry, I walk away or just say a brief silent prayer for His help and, He gives it, He gives me peace and ability to tolerate some of the things that used to make me mad. We serve an AWESOME SAVIOR!
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17
That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:7
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.
11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Like I said, I take no credit for any changes in me, it is Christ who gives me peace, comfort, joy, and strength. Praise God for His power in my life.