This time, Pollyanna is going completely berzerk.
I am judging one of my coworkers as being rude to one of my other coworkers. Coworker the first is a newbie and (another judgement) only interested in relationships that serve her own ends. Coworker the second is lovely and a good friend. And I’m fiercely protective of my friends.
Lovely Coworker went past my desk and seemed to be having a bad day. I didn’t pry, but I did talk to her a bit and let her know I noticed and I care and she is special to me. She came back later and gave me a hug for making her day a bit brighter.
Newbie happened to be passing. She ignored Lovely and talked to me as if Lovely wasn’t there. And then continued to be rude – my judgement – when Lovely made a joke about the ignoring. Then Newbie waltzed off, leaving Lovely and me stunned and staring at each other in amazement.
My Inner Kid says: She’s not nice and she hurt my friend. I don’t want to play with her anymore.
My Inner Cynic says: Now I know Newbie is only being nice to me because she needs my help at work.
The loving part of me says to Newbie: Please really see my lovely and cherished friend. Please treat her well.
But right now, it is hard to hear them over my Inner Demon Warrior, who says:
Newbie, you are on the list.
The Zombie Army is coming for you.