New job, try love..!
You’ve heard your dad talking of office politics and uncles and maybe aunts warning you about how to be careful to behave well. You’re scared. Sometime ago there was a teacher who celebrated her eightieth birthday. It proved to be a marvelous occasion, highlighted by the presence of a great number of her former students.
It seemed that she taught school in one of the worst sections of Baltimore. Before she came to that school to teach there had been repeated instances of juvenile crime and delinquency. When she began her work there came a change.
The change in time became noticeable with so many of her students turning out to be good citizens, men and women of good character. Some became doctors, others lawyers, educators, ministers, honorable craftsmen, and skilled technicians.It was no accident, therefore, that on an important anniversary like her eightieth birthday she was remembered with gratitude and love from a great number of her students. A newspaper got wind of this celebration and sent a reporter to interview her.
He asked, among other things, what was her secret that made her teaching so rewarding? She said, “Oh, I don’t know. When I look at the young teachers in our schools today, so well-equipped with training and learning, I realize that I was ill-prepared to teach. I had nothing to give but love.”
Nothing to give but love! It’s worth thinking about. I know I’ve walked into a general body meeting as the chairman of some group realizing that the people in the room can ask any question, pull me down, and give me a rough time. I can make out that I am beginning to hate all of them for the advantage they have. I hope the meeting goes well, and wonder when it will get over.
Suddenly I tell myself, “Suppose I love every one in the room?” “Come on Bob,” says an angry inner voice, “Not that fellow in the corner?” “Maybe he’s got a genuine problem. Let me just try and love him!” Let me tell you, that little change in my attitude changes a nasty meeting into a memorable one. So, you who are going to join a new job, whether a teacher, or executive, try going in through that door with an attitude of love, and watch what a difference it makes..!