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“Weekly Challenge: Student, Teacher
I am a life long learner. The more I learn the more I realize how little I know. There is a great big world and the people who teach me things that are memorable are my children and family. But, others want to school me to just to show that they can be the smartest person in the room.
So the cycle goes, throughout Life:
Student or teacher? Windshield or the bug?
Things happen that make me think. Or, I should say, think even more. Our brains are capable of processing so many meanings for multiple words or phrases. What I heard is what you claim I said but I know I never did. You hear me speaking and think it must be about you but you are not sure because it could all be your imagination. Each day I must learn what I can and all that I wish I did not on the journey that gives as much as it gets.
See? It isn’t all black and white. There is a lot of gray in our gray matter.
A man came to the office, held out his ticket, and asked if I could validate him. The other person there gave him a kiss. I looked at him sincerely and told him “You are a very nice person.” It is all in the interpretation.
G-d must have given you so many words so you could talk out of both sides of your mouth.
I don’t care how many people show me their back. I want to meet the few who will show me their heart.
Talking to some people, like family, coworkers or adolescents can be difficult. Each word has to be carefully measured so as not to cause offense, or the implication of offense, or anything that could be misunderstood as offensive in any way. So you tiptoe around a situation or a person and it causes me to think:
How can I talk while I am holding my breath?
I know that there is silliness in our daily lives, but it is not all fun and games. However, it sure would be nice to have more fun than game playing…
If the prize goes to the last man standing, who will he brag about it to?
Have you had any random musings that you realized were more brilliant or clever than merely random? What did you learn from it? Did it make you smile? Better yet, did it make someone else smile?
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There are people in this world who think that it is their job to irritate you. In fact, they believe it so deeply, it inhibits their ability to do their real jobs with compassion, conviction and commitment.
These are usually the people who demand your respect, but have done nothing to earn it.
They are enthusiastically apathetic, passively aggressive, dynamically lazy, and arrogantly proud. In a nutshell, they believe their own press and seek approval for their oxy-moronic behavior.
There are big people with little minds who will bash your ideas and demoralize your idealism.
There are little people with big mouths who will push you to your limits – and anything else within reach.
You will fight for your right to an opinion; others will fight as if it is their right.
I have great expectations that people are supposed to be kind, empathetic, caring, and thoughtful. I had no idea how great those ideals would be to me, and how insignificant they would be to some others, met along the way.
I have tried to build so many bridges that I ought to be able to walk to China.
My efforts to be considerate of others’ tentative behaviors have been met with more fear, and distrust, than I realized they had. They were begrudging and resentful. Or bottomless…
If G-d intended me to be surrounded by so many major irritants, then it is my great expectation that I should have received a giant strand of lustrous, creamy, and perfect pearls by now!!!
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