Another blog inspired by the same “For Better or For Worse” comic Strip by Lynn Johnston, as yesterday’s blog. Remember that one had a Mother & her 5-year-old son, walking with her toddler girl in a stroller, and meeting an elderly neighbour who immediately made a big fuss over the little girl in the stroller, completely ignoring the boy.
Then as she walked away, the little boy blows her a large raspberry to display his annoyance at her ignoring him completely.
Now I wonder how many of us feel slighted every day and wishing we too could blow raspberries at those who slighted us, whether intentionally or unintentionally.
Well if you do, I would like to encourage you to stop and think carefully before you do. As it may be that they are totally unaware of their slight in the first place, and then simply blame your response as being an example of your rudeness and share your rudeness with others and thus it will be you and not they, that come out of this with Mud all over you and your good name. So if you really cannot ignore their slight of you, go to them privately and explain the problem and try and work it out, before going to someone else, like a parent or supervisor, to try and work things out, if necessarily.
Likewise, what about those you may have slighted too, again whether intentionally or unintentionally? So today, I again ask you to just stop for a moment and to take your eyes off of your own situation and just look around at those that you might have offended along the way, whether intentionally or unintentionally, and whether you, instead of having them blowing raspberries at you, can reach out to them and try and resolve the problem between you both, without either side needing to resort to raspberries. What say you now?