I got my first real job when I was twenty years old, in the early 1970s. I was on the phone all day long making cold calls to potential customers. I didn’t mind it though and although I wasn’t fond of selling, I did what was expected of me, showed up on time and was an all around good employee. My supervisor liked me – which is always a plus and she and I became friends. About the second month of my employment, a new woman was hired. That wasn’t unusual – people came and went a lot. She seemed pleasant enough and we worked side by side. Within a couple of weeks I began to get some strange phone calls at my home. First there were just hang ups and then within days there was this woman ranting and raving and calling me every name in the book. It took me a few days to figure out that it was the woman sitting next to me at work although she wouldn’t identify herself. I was baffled. She was still pleasant when I saw her at work. Nothing had changed. I racked my brain for something I’d done to offend her. The calls kept coming. I tried to talk to her when she called but it was not possible to get a word in. Finally I went to my supervisor. She was also shocked and suggested that she talk to the woman. She did that but the woman only denied everything. There was no evidence (this was before phone machines or voice mail) that she was harassing me and she didn’t do anything wrong at work, so my supervisor was at a loss as to what to do. I blamed myself. I must have done something to her. I agonized a couple more weeks and then quit my job. Immediately the calls stopped. I’ll never know what motivated this behavior. Maybe she was jealous of the relationship between me and the supervisor or of how many sales I made. At the time I was devastated that someone didn’t like me. I soul searched for the reason until I practically made myself ill. I lost a job that I liked. The truth is, sometimes people just don’t like us. Some things can’t be fixed. Sometimes we just have to walk away.
Teresa Sue McAdams, co-creator of “Today’s Journey Tarot”, co-author of “Today’s Journey Tarot, A Traveler’s Guide”, co-author of “Tarot Meditations, A Journal for Self Discovery”, and author of “Lessons, The Wisdom Within Each Moment”