Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.
– Lou Holtz
True isn’t it?
We face so much everyday, so many situations. But what makes something good or bad? It’s our attitude towards it.
Our attitude defines our responses and these responses make a situation good or bad.
A boy returned home late one evening after playing with his friends in a park nearby. His parents were worried because he wasn’t home and his dad searched everywhere in the neighborhood except the park. When the boy came home, the frustrated dad beat the boy up with a cane so hard, there were cuts and bruises everywhere.
The boy grew up to be a man, the father loved him the same but the boy hated him for the rest of his life.
If only the father handled the situation differently, the kid wouldn’t have hated him. He never asked the kid where he was all this time, instead, he unleashed his anger and worry in the form of a beating.
What’s the right thing the father should’ve done?
Quietly ask and tell him to come home early or at least tell them that he’d be late.
It’s simply the response that made the father bad and the situation worse.
Think twice before you respond to a situation. If you don’t have the time to think twice, remember to respond politely.