Isn't this a more intelligent way of dealing with people?
When someone has taken the responsible position of leading a team of trekkers through a hilly terrain, what if the lead man keeps shouting at fellows who seem to get tired or go off the usual beaten track to get a different trekking experience?
Of course one could easily understand that the lead man does his shouting because he is concerned about the safety of his fellow mates. The lead man might have the experience or so he thinks, but that doesn't warrant that he disregard the experience or efforts of his fellow mates. How many of his team would choose to go for a next season of trekking with such a person?
What lesson does this have for the common man?
Emerson said, Tons of wisdom in that statement, isn't there? Emerson does not say men should be respected only if they respect but that men "are worthy of" any kind of respect only if they respect. Does that strike a chord in us?
If we want to develop into a person who is worthy of any respect, we have to learn to respect. Respect others opinions... respect others efforts... respect others good intentions... respect others views.
Sometimes it does happen that even though our mate does not perform, he/she still has a good intention to perform well. In such a situation, we have to be well meaning rather than hurling out abuses and critical statements.
Would it be erroneous to say that we fail to remind ourselves of this at times?
How many people on a team would deliberately want to under perform if the captain/coach/leader is truly a genial person who keeps his nerves under control and understands his mates?
On the other hand, how would a team fare with a leader who is of a rough temper and cannot even stand the smallest mistake?
How can such a team be expected to win or be successful? Even if they win, how many of the members would truly value the presence of their leader? They may celebrate the victory but they will resent and silently hate the fellow who keeps insulting them and calling them names.
Friends, this is an important lesson, which holds true in every vocation. Hence, let us respect each other even more and see for ourselves that life is still more joyous and pleasant.
Copyright © 2010 Sam Vijay Kumar
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