Friday, 12 November 2010
It Is Not As similar As It Seems.
That said, I am finding it very difficult these days to keep my tongue between my teeth. We seem to have a government that knows the cost of everything and the value of nothing. In the process of, “fixing things” all sorts of things get said by people putting their mouths into action without first engaging the brain. So the other day there it was suggested that the long term unemployed should be made to collect litter to get them back into the ethic of work. It had hardly been said when another asked if such jobs were not demeaning.
Now there is a lot going on in all of the above, but let me ask one question. How does that make the little fellow who takes great pride in making sure the street I live in is litter free. He comes up regularly with his brush, shovel and bucket trolley and makes sure the place looks well. He takes great pride in his job.
How easy it is to shoot from the hip for all the right reasons but in the process to forget that others can be affected by our words.
The heart surgeon had a car hat was in need of servicing. He took it to his local garage, where he usually exchanged a little friendly banter with the owner, a skilled but not especially wealthy mechanic.
"So tell me," says the mechanic, "I've been wondering about what we both do for a living, and how much more you get paid than me."
"Yes?" says the surgeon.
"Well look at this," says the mechanic, as he worked on a big complicated engine, "I check how it's running, open it up, fix the valves, and put it all back together so it works good as new. We basically do the same job don't we? And yet you are paid ten times what I am - how do you explain that?"
The surgeon thought for a moment, and smiling gently, replied, "Try it with the engine running."
Sometimes we need to stand in the other persons shoes to get the full picture.
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