Come share the stink!
This was a favorite saying of a quality manager I use to work with. The guy was a bit quirky but he was pretty easy going for a quality manager, maybe a little too easy going. But at least he didn’t have a chip on his shoulder like most quality managers that I have dealt with over the years.
I don’t know what made me think of this the other day but for some reason the saying popped into my head. Maybe it was because I was in the company men’s room at the time.
What I thought about when I remembered this statement was how a lot of people really like to drag you into their drama. They can’t wait to try and stir up your emotions with problems they are experiencing and in most cases have created themselves.
The quality manager use to say “come share the stink” when he had a quality issue he was trying to resolve and he needed my help.
But when the drama queens in your life say “come share the stink” what they are asking is for you to be drug down the hole with them. They want you to jump into their emotional cesspool.
Well, it’s the age old adage, “misery loves company”.
These people want you to be an emotional wreck and then they don’t feel so alone in the drama they’ve created. By pulling you down in the muck they figure they’ll use you to try and climb out of the drama pit.
Here’s the kicker. Once they’ve climbed upped your back, onto your shoulders and used your head as a stepping stone they are off and not looking back to help you. They are off to jump right into the next drama pit they can find.
You’re left on your own to wash off the stink.
So beware of friends who are asking you to “come share the stink”. They usually come out smelling like a rose and you’re left to clean up the shit.
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