Today’s post compliment of tim.
mr ehlers was the badass teacher who taught drivers training at my high school
he hated hippies
he gave hell to everyone I knew except me. he was never nice but never gave me trouble. i think my friends noticed and asked but i didn’t have any idea what was going on.
years later my mom who was the art teacher in the school said mr ehlers had come up and told her “ that’s some son you have”
“why” she asked
he told her that some mean kids had been in the lunchroom and run into mike kennedy on purpose and knocked the books out of his hands.
mike was a big guy who was a special needs kid that was so good natured he had no enemies but he would notice that some people acted mean or stupid or do things to be funny just showing off for their friends. He was very philosophical about life. He had been that way when I was in first grade and met him at swimming lessons. He always had a smile and a story and told me how his sister karey was (i had a severe crush on her) so when the kids knocked the books out of his hands I went over to him and told him that i saw the kids acting stupid and helped him pick up his books. a pat on the back and a see ya later was all that went on that day but mr ehlers caught me doing something right and he was never able to see me as a hated hippy after that.
i try to remember that all the people who are driving me crazy in everyday life are not doing anything mean or intentionally trying to drive me nuts. they are just doing there little moment of life in front of me and that is how I get to base my conclusion as to if i would like to have coffee with them or not.
sometimes I try to remember that I am acting in a way that other people get to respond to too. am I really who I want to be?
i like getting caught being the right person
the one minute manager was a popular book in the early stages of my business life. it was a simple idea. if you are a manager try to catch people doing something right and praise the heck out of them. every time you catch them praise the heck out of them.
have you gotten positive feedback for being yourself?