My Voice

It is a regular occurrence for me to sit down and write to a faithful group of people who follow my blog.  These people know my heart and my intentions.  They allow me the privilege to share my life and my take away lessons from the experiences I encounter.

I encountered an individual who jumped to conclusions and made a hasty judgment on me.  This person used his authority as a means of intimidation; not receiving any of the words I spoke in attempt to bring clarity to the situation.  In an industry driven by customers and cognizant of customer service, a polite manner was furthest from the approach.  Bold words were spoken and a crass tone used by this employee.

I was Completely Misjudged that day.  As I do, I sat down to share my life with my readers.  So often people are misjudged or mistreated and yet have no voice.  Now that I have used my voice, it seems that maybe I should not have shared the name in which I was so boldly instructed to get right.

While some were quite displeased with me sharing my experience, others were glad for the attention brought to the matter, as they had experienced very similar encounters in that same store.  My sharing my experience provided a level of accountability.  My Pastor use to say, integrity is how you act when no one is watching.  How differently would the interactions have been had it been known that the experience would be written about and shared?

I am so grateful that those who truly know Heather Meadows knew my heart and read my words.  That is why when I was at work, taking care of sick babies today, my manager called me in her office to confirm just that.  Despite a phone call to our human resources department, in an attempt to attack my job, my human resources department read my blog, contacted my manager and found there to be no negative reflection on my hospital through what I shared.  My manager reaffirmed that I hold the values of my organization and provide excellent, compassionate care and service to my babies and their families.  It matters how we treat people, at all times.

Even though there has been the generous support of my family, my friends, my faithful blog followers and my place of employment to leave it all as I said it, I have edited the post because this blog is about me offering encouragement through my life experiences.  Monday was a huge life experience for me, as I’d never been perceived as a shoplifter.  It wasn’t about revenge; there was no name-calling or slams, it was about my incredibly unpleasant experience and my desire for this man to know that’s not who I was, since he wouldn’t receive those words of explanation from my own mouth.

I’ve learned that I will never take an item that I own, that is my property, that I have proof of ownership without first checking it with customer service.  It’s something I’ve done countless times before and never thought a thing of it, but will from now on be mindful to do.

But I still ask, what has this assistant store manager learned?

I would never speak to one of my baby’s families in such a way and I would hasten the opportunity to apologize if it were offered to me.

For that reason, Assistant Store Manager’s Family, I apologize that my words hurt you.  I believe professionalism and excellence is our own responsibility when we are at our place of employment.  Maybe this situation will help yours to improve that.  Out of consideration for you, I have removed his name from the post and deleted all the comments since many of them included his name

Proverbs 18:21

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

Pursuing His plan, His love and His character despite the unpleasant bumps in the road.

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4 thoughts on “My Voice

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  2. I could not believe someone would call your human resources department. Evidently they did not read your account of a bad situation and obviously they did not know you. Some people just troll the internet to cause conflict.

  3. Pete,

    My name is Brandon Meadows, I am Heather Meadows’ husband. I tried to respond to you by email, but the email address you provided may have had a typo and did not work. I want to take a minute to let you know why one of your posts was not displayed and the other was. I took over managing the comments on this blog a couple of days ago when a few people were getting quite hateful with their remarks. One person criticized Heather for being a burn survivor, which had nothing to do with the post. Then one person criticized the post about our daughter helping the tornado victims in OKC on a missions trip. Thats when I decided to step in and take over who gets to be approved and who doesn’t. Heather made the decision to remove all prior and present posts to the previous blog post as she stated in the blog post “My Voice”, because many of the comments had the mans name in them like her original post. In order to be fair I did not approve your comment that you said was for the previous blog post while approving the one for “My Voice”. I have removed the apology post as you requested. I understand that there is no reason to apologize if no-one can see your other post. We are trying to be very fair to every one’s opinion on this blog, seeing both sides. I appreciate you being tactful in expressing your opinion. We want anyone to feel like they can comment even if it opposes our view. Thank you again for reading and I hope you can understand why I took down your comment.

    – Brandon & Heather Meadows

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