It’s Not Your Job To Fix Everything

I heard from the interns at my old job this week. One of them decided to quit and walked out.

Now there’s only one man left standing. He messaged me and mentioned that he’s trying to decide what to do.

It sounds like for now he’s going to stick it out and see if he can take advantage of the situation. Maybe ask for a better position or a little more pay. You know, play it by ear.

When I first heard the news, I jumped into “how can I help fix this” mode. But I caught myself, and instead of sharing what I thought would be best for him, I asked him what he thought he wanted to do.

I ignored my opinions and just listened because sometimes our opinions are irrelevant.

It’s not our job to fix everything. Sometimes problems only exist in our eyes. Others don’t always see things the way we see them.

For me, staying would have been a nightmare. But it’s not about me or what I think. It’s about him learning as he goes and experiencing new things.

Our stories may be different, but we’re all human. We go through stuff, we fall, we get back up and we fall again.

We learn from our own scrapes and bruises, no one else’s.

We’re unintentionally self-centered. But when we pay close attention, it’s not hard to see where we’re needed and where we’re not. The hard part is letting go of our need to be in control.

Helping only helps when it’s asked for. People are going to do what they want. Don’t take it personally. It’s just life.

Free will is a beautiful thing.

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