Are you approachable? (1)

‘When the Holy Spirit controls our lives he will produce… kindness, goodness…gentleness…’ Galatians 5:22-23

Dr John Maxwell writes: ‘Sooner or later, a man, if he is wise, discovers that life is a mixture of good days and bad, victory and defeat, give and take. He learns that it doesn’t pay to be a too-sensitive soul, that he should let some things go over his head. He learns that he who loses his temper usually loses out, that all men occasionally have burnt toast for breakfast, and that he shouldn’t take the other fellow’s moans too seriously. He learns that carrying a chip on his shoulder is the easiest way to get into trouble, that the quickest way to become unpopular is to carry tales of gossip about others, that buck-passing always turns out to be a boomerang, and that it doesn’t matter who gets the credit so long as the job gets done. He learns that most others are as ambitious as he is, that they have brains as good or better, that hard work, not cleverness, is the secret of success. He learns that no one ever gets to first base alone, that it’s only through co-operative effort that we move on to better things. He realises (in short) that the “art of getting along,” depends 98% on his own behaviour toward others.’ So, what about you? Jesus said, ‘”…Consider carefully how you listen…”‘ (Luke 8:18 NIV). When was the last time someone brought you news you didn’t want to hear? Or strongly disagreed with you? Or confronted you? If it’s been a while, you may not be a very approachable person. We can give no greater gift to others than putting them at ease.

These lessons serve to shed light on areas in my day to day life that need work. Take for instance, today at work, I needed to know whether I’d get re-imbursement for an expense I incurred earlier in the week regarding transporting myself to work (note that despite getting my appointment letter, I still have not officially been initiated/introduced to the rest of the employees that make up the company I work for – it’s something I’ve been told they do. ). In asking for the ‘incharge-of-transport’s e-mail address so that I could make my inquiry, the contact person assumed I was skipping protocol and merely wanted to make a mountain out of a mole.
…Before that, having hosted a guest on the show, and taken a caller towards the close of the hour, inevitably overshooting the news bulletin start by 2minutes (dare I add that the interview was expertly conducted), the guy that reads the news steps up to me after the news, and matter of factly quizzes me about why I took a caller 5 minutes to the news,adding that ‘Don’t you know it’s a rule not to take calls 5minutes to the news?”, to which I responded that no one informed me about the rules – I’ve not been inducted into the system, remember?!

In a nutshell, for the sake of peace, I made my apologies to both people – I did not want to, neither did I mean to, now that I think of it. So I maintain, for the sake of peace and only peace, nothing more.

Till next time,
easy does it 🙂


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