Would you take a job where every workday, you had to be at your absolute best.
In this job, there’s no allowance for feeling down or upset at work, no matter what’s happening. This job barely tolerates a tardy. And an absence is not an option.
On top of it all, these job performance expectations are not only set by your boss. They are also set by thousands of people.
Recently we went to see legendary musician and former Beatle, Sir Paul McCartney.
- His plane arrived late, delaying the concert 30 minutes.
- I doubt there was much time for a sound check. The mix between vocals and band was awful and the EQ on his voice terrible.
- His music seemed to lack energy for much of the night.
- He looked tired.
He seemed to be having a terrible, horrible, very bad day. He didn’t meet the expectations of thousands of fans.
This can happen to us – thankfully on a much smaller scale.
We plan and invest in a Romantic Interlude with our sweetheart. When the day arrives, we’re worn out and exhausted. We crank up our courage, put on our best happy face. Yet our attempt doesn’t cover-up how we feel and the opportunity for romance falls flat.
You will have days like that.
No matter how much you love your sweetheart, no matter how much you want to be romantic, there will be times when you’re not 100% and the Romantic Interlude doesn’t work.
When this happens, and it will happen, be kind and gentle to each other. Make allowances for these moments. You’re both human. Try a little tenderness.
Remember, neither you nor your sweetheart are ____ (fill in your favorite musician’s name). There’s no expectation for you to be 100%, 100% of the time.
Thanks goodness. Robert