When I first started working for Walmart there was this CSM (Customer Service Manager) name LaShandra. I hated her. Yes, hated her. In my eyes she was loud, and had favorites. I felt that she her number one gurls who she liked, and the rest she would ignore or just not talk to you that much. It was something about her that could make the atmosphere where you could easily feel left out when you are around her. Many times I felt like that.
Maybe it was my past haunting me of how I use to be. Me and my best friend would be bossy at work, we had favorites and if you wasn\’t feeling us, then we wasn\’t feeling you. We could be talking with a few people, and if someone walked up or happen to be around, it was something about us that can make the atmosphere messed up. We could make you feel so uncomfortable that it didn\’t make sense. We didn\’t even have to be talking about you, but our conversations was so bold, so \”out there\” and so intimidating that you can\’t help but feel funny. And we knew it. People told us all the time you and Gloria are out cold! Yall don\’t like nobody , yall funny acting. We didn\’t care. See yaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Was Our Motto.
Lashondra was just like meeeeeee back in the day. I knew it too. But since I wasnt like that any more, I wasn\’t gonna dare be treated like that. She had me messed up…………….for real doe. Ever time I thought about it I would tell God that I hated her. Yes, that is my testimony. I hated her and I told God. I would call Gloria every day and tell her how much I hated Lashandra. She would laugh cause she knew I liked everybody. She told me though and I will never forget. She said once you get to know her she is so cool. I didn\’t want to hear that, I felt that she should have been cool right off rip, if she was so cool But instead she annoyed and irrated me.
One day I came to work and instead of me acting funky right off rip with her, I decided to just listen to some of the things she say. I didn\’t have a comment about nothing, I just wanted to listen to how she talks to people, how she communicates to us (cashiers), how she handles authority. For a few days I watched her closely. And I begin to ask myself what is it about her that you dont like? After laughing at some of the things she says, and some of the facial expression she makes. I thought maybe it was me who had the problem!!!! Just maybe I don\’t understand her.
Time went on and Lashonda became my gurl! I realized that she is a great Leader, she listens to authority, she dont take side, she dont care if you are her friend or not, wrong is wrong. She comes to work everyday, she gets things started. She wont debate or argu with you, she\’ll say her peace and then its a wrap. She is a motivator, a person who wants to win.
I had to go to God and ask for forgiveness. I told him that I hated his child. Thats how much I didn\’t like her. I know…….that\’s terrible. Me and her laugh about it all the time, and it just shows me that when I was being honest about my feelings, God let me see A. how much I really disliked her. B. that he could begin to work on this situation. And he did.
Today I loveeeeeeeeeeeeee me some Lashondra. She is my gurl! How can I say something so mean about someone I didn\’t know? Did my past catch up with me? I wasn\’t always this way you know? We went to see Madea Goes To Jail last year together, we went to birthday parties, and baby showers, go to dinner. And you know the fun part? All of us coworkers go places together. We dont fight, argue, we get along so well.
So my question to you is: Have there ever been someone who you didn\’t like, and now you are good friends ? Share your story.
Where works of the flesh exists, there is NO joy