About 7 years ago and 2 corporate jobs ago, I was working for a small firm in a tiny marketing department. It was long before I became a working mom. The office was pretty small and we had our share of gossips. We had some really awesome people I learned so much from back then.
One person in particular I didn’t know very well though. She worked for the Vice President of the office. She walked around rarely with a smile, barely said hello and avoided all the little office parties we had. I assumed she was just an unhappy, unapproachable person. I was always cordial to her and often wondered if she just didn’t like me for some reason.
I found out we were going to share an office. I wasn’t thrilled with the idea because I assumed it would be awkward and quiet. I work hard and also like a good chat once in a while! Sharing an office can be tough if the chemistry is off.
We moved into our new digs and got settled. In the first few days, we started talking about work, then we started talking about family and then we started going to lunch. In no time, we became very good friends and hung out after work as well.
I assumed she was stand-offish and unfriendly in the beginning. What I realized later was that she was shy around people she didn’t know and it took her a while to get comfortable with new surroundings. I was practically avoiding her until we had to share the office together. It actually turned out to be the best thing and she became a great friend!
An old adage it may be, but life has an interesting way of teaching the real meaning behind “Don’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover.” When you do judge someone before you get to know them, you may just miss out on something pretty special.
What do you think?