It’s been a rough week. Heck, it’s been a rough semester. Growing pains and change takes a toll on you. I’ve been thinking a lot about my relationships with my past library bosses and felt that I owe them all a collective apology for a few things. Maybe you do too. So, here goes:
Dear Past Bosses of Mine,
1. I’m sorry I always judged your decisions, whether they were good or bad. And then I’d pick them apart with my colleagues. That was wrong.
2. I’m sorry I doubted your vision. This wasn’t always the case with all of them, but certainly at times, there was doubt.
3. I’m sorry I always thought you were uncaring or mean when you were just busy and doing your job and sometimes a little distracted. (OK, I did have one boss who had a bad temper and I’m not sorry that I thought he was a meanie.)
4. I’m sorry that you probably took a lot of flack when, at times, people thought I was the favorite. I was just bubbly and getting stuff done. It’s (still) what I do.
5. I’m sorry about all of those assumptions I made about you.
6. I’m sorry I didn’t ask you more questions about what it was really like to be a library director because if I hadn’t been such a know it all, I could have learned a lot. (Or ran in the other direction. Ha.)
Let’s leave it with six. That’s an even number at least, although I could probably go on.
Do you ever look back and wish you could apologize to a supervisor? What would you say?