Dear Diary …
I hate excuses. It’s just such a wimpy way to wander thru life. Just accept responsibility for whatever happens and move on. Is that really THAT hard to do? Apparently it is, because we LOVE excuses, especially when we could find big blanket ones that all of society could lean on.
Remember when bullying became the big excuse for everything? Now don’t get me wrong, actual bullying is wrong and needs to be dealt with, but we started using the term "bullying" for everything. All of a sudden you were free to screw up, and if anybody called you out on it …
“They’re bullying me!”
No. You screwed up. All they did was point out that you screwed up.
“But it hurt my feelings. Bullying!”
Yeah … see … that’s what I’m talking about. Or like when everybody started using “COVID” for just about any excuse you wanted. Wanna flake out on plans? COVID. Wanna just not show up to work? COVID. Cheat on your wife? Uhhh …. COVID?
But here’s the one we’re in right now and I am straight up over it … “Supply Chain.”
We use “supply chain” for pretty much any excuse we want.
Why is a loaf of bread $5? “Uhhh … supply chain.”
And why is this shelf empty? “Oh you know … supply chain.”
No! No more supply chain. I get it … just like the bullying thing … there are times where it is the legitimate explanation, but we’re just using it as an excuse to get out of things.
Like let me give the grocery store a heads up right now … when Thanksgiving week gets here again … people are gonna buy more heavy cream, more butter, and more herbs. There! You have ONE YEAR to prepare because I guarantee you that next year people are gonna … again … buy more heavy cream, more butter, and more herbs. This will NOT sneak up on you!
And this is not a post-COVID thing … I remember VERY well that back in 2019 the same shelves were bare. This should not happen! You run a business right? And the goal of your business is to make money, right?
I mean … I’m no Jeff Bezos but if I own a business that sells heavy cream, butter, and herbs … I’m gonna make sure to have plenty of those things available when people wanna buy them so I can MAKE MORE MONEY.
Look at me … giving sage business advice! (Sage .. I should use that ... it's an herb.) Maybe I’ll write a book or something!
So don’t you “supply chain” me anymore. Look … just tell the truth … we don’t really wanna work harder so you’re just gonna get what you get and then we go home for the day. I respect that answer more already!
Till next time Diary … I say .. Goodbye.