When I was nine or ten years old I remember telling my friend how I would only start dating girls in college. The reasoning that backed this up was that if you made it to college then you were smart and if you were smart you would be worth my time. A kids wild imagination huh? I guess I was under the impression that each higher stage of education would only include the next tier of smartest people. Thankfully it didn’t take long to change my mind.
And so why was I reminded of this so many years later? Because I went to the bathroom and someone took a piss that completely missed the mark. Piss everywhere. On the walls, on the floor and I think I saw droplets on the ceiling. You would think that an engineering firm wouldn’t have these kind of incidents happening. They do though. Someone in this office pissed with his eyes closed and probably laughed while doing it. Or maybe he suddenly had an attack, who knows. Heck, maybe the janitor himself did it to make his day more exciting.
This makes me wonder about the people I work with. Some people might look serious, others smart, but they might be delinquents when they are given a moment of privacy. I personally thought this was quite funny for some reason. It also puts a human face on all of us in the organization here. We often look at someone from one angle. That someone might be rigid and objective in his work, but he could very well have an artistic and freewheeling side when he’s off. That’s why it might be worth looking at someone beyond the current role he’s in. For some reason it fills me with a bit of compassion for all the people I interact with on a daily basis. It can be difficult to get beyond first impressions, but the rewards of giving people a chance and to see under a different light is worth it.