“I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better.” – Abraham Lincoln
It was the first day after I gave up teaching in a classroom to become the high school student assistance coordinator. I asked the woman who was retiring from that job how she tolerated working with a principal who was extremely narrow-minded and negative in his approach to teachers. Her answer was so amazingly positive and beautiful that I embraced it immediately. It spared me unending hours of frustration and became the solution for conflicts throughout my life. She said simply: “I pray for him. It’s difficult to dislike someone for whom you are praying.”
– Kay Conner Pliszka
PS: This is the “Words Of Wisdom” story from Jack Canfield’s book Chicken Soup for the Soul I just started reading. This is just one out of 101 inspiring stories and I am looking forward to 100 more of them!