How to Pull the Knife Out of Your Back

Have you ever said something stupid?  I have.  Maybe you spoke out of turn? Let something slip that you shouldn’t have?  I did.  I also know some pretty smart folks that have done the same.    What did you do?  Humbly apologized, I hope.  I also offered to do what I could to make it better, sans excuses.

It doesn’t always work, right?  We all make mistakes but sometimes you’re still at the mercy of the maturity on the other side of the table.  Granted, some open-mouth-insert-foot moments are worse than others.  Forgiveness can take time.

Here are 3.5 tips for how to act when you’re the one that got “dissed”…

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show up and have fun

I had a wonderful time last night on a date with my wife, Liz.  We enjoyed a terrific dinner at Pachanga, a swinging place in Folsom, CA.  Owners Larry and Erin, and infamous bartender Brian, will take great care of you.  We then went to visit our friend and fellow Rotarian, Tom Paniagua.  He had his beautiful photography show on display at American Visions Art Gallery.  This gallery is a Folsom staple of fine art.  It’s the place to visit to browse or buy if you’re in town.  It’s also a fun place and not too stuffy due to the spirit of Director, Giovanna Stark and daughter Ginessa (ask her about her memory!)  We were pleased to run into a number of friends that came out to support Tom.  Rae Howard attended, another Rotarian with a Sacramento growth business specializing in home cleaning called The Team Cleaners. She was there with Deborah Grassl who does terrific work for the Folsom History Museum.  Our club, The Rotary Club of Historic Folsom, is raising money for the museum through our "Brick Project."  I appreciated the loyalty and friendship that I witnessed all evening.  Folsom is made up of great people that help and support each other.  And, Rotary is a wonderful organization that truly fosters "Service above Self."

Liz and I went upstairs to My Brother Vinny’s for dessert and drinks and were joined by friends Gordon and Lola Purdy (truly busy folks out showing support for a friend!). It’s worth mentioning that My Brother Vinny’s is a class act with great food including wonderful desert by chef Erin and the famous Gelato of co-owner Tony Barton…mmm…Cannolis too!

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