I Don’t Like You…Or Me?

Lately I have been called upon to work with three different people and had a negative reaction all three times. Two of the people are part of my professional life and one is associated with a growing interest of mine in becoming a lay minister for my church. I was surprised at the negative reaction I had in each case and I could not begin the work until I spent some time reflecting on each situation. In a little while I realized I didn’t like these people! That disturbed me even more and I had to do some more thinking. What didn’t I like about them?  One talked far too much, especially about himself. Another had so much energy and certainty about just about everything she would make a cup of coffee nervous. The third could be a ray of sunshine or just plain ‘snotty’ and you never know which it would be. Then I realized that what I didn’t like in them was what I didn’t like in me. Pogo said it best, ‘we have met the enemy and he is us’ a long time ago but it is something worth keeping in mind. Since I like me, in spite of my faults, I think I can  now like them too, especially since they are just like me.

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About Edward

Dishwasher, bartender, cook, house painter, movie usher, Marine helicopter pilot, teacher, administrator, teacher again, retired teacher, Secular Franciscan, Lay Ecclesial Minister- it's been an interesting ride.
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