How aware I am, how some people make an effort to enrich your life, with a smile, a greeting or how well they are doing at that moment.
In contrast, as the old cliché goes, “He brightens up a room, when he leaves it.”
I think of an old and dear friend I was on a board with. I hadn’t seen him in years when I bumped into him, he wanted to share his inner most feeling of that particular group.
We had not talked at all for years, when we had a brief encounter, he lit into me. I didn’t respond, I smiled and said, “I haven’t seen you in a year and a half and you chastised and criticized me for ten minutes about the organization and how they treated an employee.”
I explained that I was no longer on their board, but, I was familiar with that experience with that particular employee.
I explained that I had no opinion on whether the supervisor was justified in correcting that employee or not.
The episode was over, in the past, why chastise a friend of 45 years because he was available, even though he was no longer involved.
What a reminder to treat others with love and dignity. If I must connect with someone, in my mind, make certain I have the authority, responsibility or if it fits into my job description. If not, best to let it go.
This need to catch a speaker, a clerk, a public figure doing something wrong; is best left unspoken! Rather than be a whiny, little rascal, it would be better to realize it is not against the law to have an unspoken thought.