Anyone have suggestions for this? I was at work today (I'm a teacher), busy in pre-school year meetings and setting up my classroom, which was formerly someone else's.
My problem is this someone else. Not so much him, but my reaction to his attitude. He's a fun, intelligent person, and I'm sure a great teacher, but as a colleague he is irresponsible, disrespectful, and has an attitude of "I'm more important than you."
Unfortunately, I've had to wait on this person to get textbooks out of my classroom so I can finish my set-up, get my books in, etc. But he claims that he is too busy, and has other priorities. And he also missed the department meeting today, which I know he knew about
, because I told him 15 minutes beforehand! He at first wasn't going to go, because he'd been in meetings all morning, and had other things to do. My response was: "Like all of us!" Of course, he didn't show up.
He kind of got attitude with me. And I responded back. I was so angry about
this, that I nearly sent myself into an anxiety attack! Sometimes, this stuff just rolls right off my back, but today I was actually shaking!
To sum up: does anyone have any strategies that help with this kind of antagonistic, anxiety-ridden reaction to someone else? It's not like I can leave work, or pop a pill right there, or something. I try all the deep breaths, count to ten, positive imagery, etc. - but I don't seem to make much progress.
Tips or suggestions?
"Sanity is a cozy lie." ~ Susan Sontag