I always get thrown off kilter when I come across rude people.
I realize their behavior is about them and I've become better at not taking their rudeness personally. But still. It can really throw me off course for a time.
Since early January I have been working on some very high profile illustration jobs for a client who works with all the large toy companies. She warned me at the beginning that there will be short, demanding deadlines and she was right. Often times, I would get a call late into the evening requesting a turn-around by 8 that morning. I met every deadline without complaint.
When she emailed me last weekend asking me to complete two large projects within nine days, I knew it wasn't possible with my heavy workload during my day job. Going to bed regularly at 2 am and waking up early was beginning to take it's toll. So I wrote her back asking her for an extension to the deadline.
Though I was disappointed, I was not surprised she fired back some really ugly words toward me and basically told me to take a hike. She was asking me for the impossible and I knew it. And she knew it, too. I was perfectly willing to work with her, but I needed extra time to meet my deadline.
She would not budge and in that moment, after she fired me, I discovered that its up to me to take charge of my own work habits. To take care of myself.
By putting everyone else's needs first, I neglect my own. Every time I say YES to some thing, I say NO to some thing else. It's important for me to really examine what will suffer for every commitment I make. And, if I don't respect my personal time, no one else is sure going to.
I am grateful for these growth spurts. Though painful for a time, it only stretches me to become better to myself and others.
"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop to look once in awhile, you could miss it". - Ferris Bueller