Words Of Wisdom

“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!

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  • Glenn

    Now I need to pray for those people that I hate or those people who are so hard to deal with. Maybe someday, I will learn how to love and like them. Praying for them is much easier than argue with them. And I think prayer is a much powerful way to have peace in my heart.

  • Thomas Mondel

    It’s definitely simplier to do and also saves you from a lot of drama and problems.