In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “I Walk the Line.”
Have you got a code you live by? What are the principles or set of values you actively apply in your life?
My code. I try try to stay present for people and myself
- Listen to what people are really saying
- Listen to my own honest reaction
- Respond to them by including my reaction
A real example from today.
A colleague –
Well I like to keep up the pretence of fairies because it’s nice to think they’re really real.
(said in a joking manner)
My reaction was – whoa what planet are you on ! I’ll just smile and pretend you didn’t say that.
But I managed to take a second….. after a pause
Hang on a minute – you really believe that don’t you. I’m trying not to judge… but that is a bit strange.
We were both smiling and laughing by this time – mostly at the honesty of it all.
Well I am from Ireland… and part of me likes the thought that it could be true.
Okay I am judging, that is going to stay with me for the rest of the day.
It was both absurd and very honest
She could have denied believing in fairies and I could have pretended not to judge.
We both enjoyed the honesty and the absurdity ( apologies to any fairy believers).