I have no methods; all I do is accept people as they are — Joan Rivers
Hello friends, greetings to you all. In our day to day interaction with people we come in contact with, we tend to get unhappy on the pretext of seeing a slightest anomaly in the behavior of others. We fret and complain and remain hurt for days but does it serve any purpose other than making us depressed.
A few days ago, in school, all the teachers were neck deep in doing paper works after the children were dispersed for the day. Me and another teacher were present at the cubicle. To break the monotony, teachers are used to indulge in small chit-chats. One of my colleague, that day was going more inquisitive, asking personal question she shouldn’t have.
In general she is very polite but apparently she had some issues about my starting the job of teaching so late. She would often quiz me with personal details. I used to be patient with her and replied to her in kind. That time, she had crossed her limit. Without going deep into the conversation, suffice is to tell that she asked whether my husband has retired or not, in a bid to ascertain how ancient I am, knowing perfectly well that he has not.
Friends, as I told you earlier that while dispensing my responsibility as a class teacher, I am no less agile than the likes of her, who is just 26. I was lot more friendly and affable too, towards her and used to consult her while preparing any official document due to her being more experienced than me. She took it as my weakness, and dared to take such liberty. I knew, this time if I let things lying down, it would go on tormenting me for a very long time.
I just replied with calm but stern voice that I accept that she is a lot more intelligent than me but I am wise enough to understand what she meant by her inuendo. Than I added that we all have come here to work not to ask unnecessary personal questions. The import of my words had struck home and she immediately fell silent.
I maintained my gravity filled silence for some more time, but knew that this couldn’t go on. So gradually I started responding to the general conversation. Now, it is more than obvious that the young lady has understood her boundaries and I accepted her as the way she is for the welfare of the peace of my mind.
Hope you liked to read this one. Do tell me about your views regarding the acceptance of people as what they are.
See you again, adieu for now.
Pc – me!