At the beginning of the day, when I was working for Jeffrey P. we would meet at his shop. At the time, we were building twenty to twenty five custom built homes a year. There were a dozen of us on the crew. We did everything except the plumbing and electric.
I enjoyed the work. Jeff would regularly allow me to pick which house I framed next, and who would work with me….
I enjoyed all of the guys on the crew except one….
Jeff’s brother in law Al.
Now I had never met Al before in my life. He was about my age. Short of stature and a big mouth. He loved to stir up trouble. There could be four or five of us working together, getting along beautifully, and then Al would join the crew, and the backstabbing, nit picking, and the not getting along would start.
When Al wasn’t around, 90% of the drama left with him.
I miss Al like a tooth ache.
It has been over twenty years since I’ve worked with Al….
I was reminded of Al again this morning when I saw some stuff on my news feed about the latest drama, about a football player refusing to stand for the national anthem… this morning, a group of veterans were saying they supported so and so’s right to express his opinion.
I don’t want to talk about whether or not so and so should or should not stand for the national anthem, because next week it will be something else…then something else, then something else….
Since Al was so well connected, there was no getting rid of him.
I could choose to not get sucked into his games.
So to all the Al’s sitting behind newsroom desks this morning where you are deciding whether or not to stir things up…..you really do need to find another job. Get some counseling while you are at it.
The world really can be an awesome place, most of the time, contrary to what you are trying to do to us by fanning the flames of conflict and strife.
Most of the people in my life really are good willed folk, who, when given a chance, will do the right thing by me.
For every “Al” in the world, who likes to cause trouble, there are a hundred who do not.