974. Silent So Long At Office


974. Rocky was a new worker in the office. Many workers had staggered schedules. So, during Rocky's shift, various individuals finished their shifts. As they left the office, they said "Goodbye" or "Goodbye, everyone" and many of their coworkers responded. Silent, Rocky kept his face buried in his proofreading. When he finished his shift, he usually said only a quiet goodbye to his supervisor. His coworkers noticed this. They started murmuring. Their murmurs got back to his supervisor. She took Rocky aside one day. "Your coworkers think maybe you think you're too good for them. Maybe they're not worth saying goodbye to." He said, "Not at all. It's just that I'm new, and a little insecure. When I was eight, I had a birthday party, and only one kid showed up—my little brother! Ever since then, I've feared rejection. I don't say goodbye to everyone because, What if nobody responds?!" 5.4

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