It was a blustery, Fall day and the 2 friends were chatting, as they always did. It seemed that they could never run out of things to talk about. They were trying to decide what to do and had decided to walk to the mall.
They continued talking and laughing as they wandered through the stores, looking at the merchandise. Oh, it was Valerie’s favorite candy! She had to pick it up, as she thought about getting it. Laughing at something Katie had said they continued on.
They were about 1/2 down the mall when Valerie stopped in her tracks! What had she done? The bag of Hershey kisses were in her hand and opened, with a few missing. Talking and walking gives you the munchies you know. It would have been no big deal, but Valerie remembered how she had never paid! She had clearly not been thinking and had been distracted as they exited the store. The logical thing to do would be to go back to the store and explain to the clerk and pay for the bag of candy. To Valerie’s dismay upon opening her wallet, she discovered she only had pennies. Katie’s wallet wasn’t any better! They had come to the mall to just browse, a way to pass time, now Valerie was faced with a dilemma. If the bag never would have been opened it would have been easy just to put it back on the shelf, but…. that wasn’t the case.
Tiffany loved working at a little restaurant in the mall. Her boss was great and for the most part her co-workers were also. They had fun as they worked together. There were days that the boss put Tiffany in charge if he knew he wasn’t going to be able to be there. It made Tiffany feel good, knowing the confidence he had in her. She never had a problem with it until one day.
Things were going well until she had to speak to Tammy. It was Tammy’s turn to squeeze the lemons for their freshly squeezed lemonade. Tiffany informed her of that and Tammy said, “No way!”as she glared at Tiffany. Tammy was one of the employees that wasn’t the easiest to work with.
Tiffany looked at Tammy and said , “Fine, if you don’t want to squeeze the lemons, you can go home.” Tammy’s eyes were defiant as she looked down at Tiffany and she said NO again. Tiffany responded with a courage that she didn’t really fully feel, “You will not be running the register, either squeeze lemons or go home.” Tammy’s eyes blazed as she threatened Tiffany, saying she would punch her face in. Tiffany’s insides were quivering. She knew Tammy was very capable of doing that and most likely not bluffing. Confrontations were not Tiffany’s thing. The other employees were looking at her, wondering what she would do. They knew the boss had put her in charge. The easiest thing to do would be to give in to Tammy, but would that be fair to the other employees? They always took their turn at the job that no one really liked? What was she to do?
What would your advice to Valerie and Tiffany be? Are these real situations from years ago, or just creative thoughts inspired by the word Dilemma? Life is full of dilemma’s and choices, some are little ones some are bigger, but we always have a choice to make. Sometimes we make wise ones and sometimes not.