When I started “eating healthy,” I stopped eating hot dogs all the time. That may not seem like that big of a deal, but I used to eat hot dogs at least five times a week. I love them at breakfast, split long ways, fried black and slathered with lots of mustard. A good hot dog lunch would be to put a blackened hot dog on a fluffy bun and top it with everything imaginable. If I had a hot dog for dinner, beans and franks always excites the taste buds. Yeah, so you see, I was a hot-dog-aholic.
I rarely eat hot dogs any more. Actually, I only eat them “maybe” once a year. I would say that is a dramatic difference in my hot dog consumption. A good day to splurge is Mother’s Day and that was when I had a most delicious grilled hot dog cooked by Terry. Not only do we all (Audrey, Mom and me) enjoy grilled foods, but we love hot dogs and have eaten many a hot dog meal together as I was growing up.
A hot dog grilled black is really my favorite. Some people would say that they are burned and I guess in a way, they are burned in a good way. The hot dog just has a delicious “flavor” that can’t be mimicked when they are black and slightly burned. Mmmmmm…I can almost smell a grilled hot dog!
Grilling a hot dog until it is slightly burned isn’t such a bad thing, but being burned, gypped, getting ripped off and done wrong isn’t a good experience at all.
When I was in my early twenties and about to get married, I worked for a relatively large company. I was hired as a secretary working with another girl who was my age, but had worked at the company a little longer than me. I was floating on cloud nine all the time because I was madly in love, plus I saw a whole world of opportunity ahead. My wedding day approached and I left the office so thrilled.
The whole time I was getting married and the days afterwards, I never thought about work. When my week was up, I got up and for the first time in my life, I headed off to work as a married woman. In my mind, I thought that when I got to work, my boss and the other secretary were going to congratulate me and welcome me back.
That wasn’t what happened.
I got to work, happily greeted my boss (Mr. Boss) and the other secretary. She (Miss Secretary) looked down at her desk and the boss asked me to come into his office for a minute. I sat down and listened…
“You were hired after Miss Secretary and she found out that you are making twenty cent more an hour,” Mr. Boss said.
“How did she find out,” I asked, “because you are the only person that knows my salary?”
He stared at me, but didn’t address my question. “Because it is unfair that she is making less money than you, I’m going to have to let you go. You’re fired.”
I stared totally dumbfounded at Mr. Boss. I didn’t even know what to say to him because I had been at an ultimate high for days. I remember that I walked out of the office angry, humiliated and scared. As I passed my desk, smirking Miss Secretary watched me from her desk.
Twenty cent an hour.
Yes, just twenty cent an hour.
It still sounds totally ludicrous to me.
This is a perfect example of being burned, gypped, getting ripped off and done wrong even though I didn’t deserve it. I immediately found another job and everything worked out for the best, but while I was “in the moment,” I didn’t think I would ever get over getting ripped off.
What Happens After Being Burned, Gypped, Getting Ripped Off And Done Wrong
I’ve lived long enough to know that “what goes around, comes around” or “what you sow, you must also reap.” If getting vengeance for being gypped is what you want to happen, just sit back and watch instead. You don’t have to do a thing because eventually evil catches up with people.
Here’s a few things that can happen if you dwell on being burned, gypped, ripped off and done wrong:
- Dwelling on being burned will stunt your growth and learning.
- Constantly thinking about being ripped off leads to stress.
- Reliving feelings of getting gypped will deteriorate your physical health.
- Staying angry about being done wrong causes heart attacks.
- Not moving on after being burned causes depression.
- Harboring anger after being ripped off is overwhelming and robs your joy.
Obviously, it is much better if we just let go of the experience and move on!
Reasons To Let Go After Being Burned
We’ve all been ripped off. It is not a pleasant feeling and is often hard to shake off. However, there are some good reasons that you should let go of the whole experience after you’ve been burned.
- You can’t change what has happened, so it is pointless to keep reliving the experience in your head.
- Things will never be the same again and you can’t recover everything you’ve lost even if you recover the monetary items.
- The past is what produced the current and sets us in the direction of the future. Without the experience of being gypped, blind innocence is too ignorant for making good choices in the future. The experience of being burned is priceless.
- Now is all you have, so don’t blow the little bit of time that is left.
Give yourself the opportunity to work through the experience when you are ripped off, but just don’t wallow in it. Learning how to overcome getting burned will help you develop a stronger and happier attitude. Remember, everything “bad” isn’t a result of something you did wrong. Bad things happen to good people and that’s just life.
Because I’m “just human,” I may have to break my one hot dog a year rule after looking at these pictures.