“Any salesman knows you have to
deal with people the way they are.
Not how you’d like them to be.”
People are who and what they are and that’s a fact. I spent most of my working life dealing with people. I was a hairdresser, store clerk, card shop manager, and I sold furniture. All required trying to understand what people wanted whether or not it made sense to me and keeping my cool when they were anything but nice. To be sure most folks were nice and easy to deal with but there were those that taught me the importance of patience.
But it is not just sales people who must deal with people the way they are. Everyone has people in their life. Some folks have big families and lots of friends and associates others don’t. Unless you are a hermit living in a cave or on a deserted island there are people in your life.
Some people are a joy and others are, shall we say, difficult. The difficult are the ones that need us to be patient and kind though we may want to slap them up the side of the head. Usually, we don’t know what is going on in their life and if we did perhaps we would be shocked that they are able to have any type of interaction with us at all.
Truly, if we are honest with ourselves we will admit to sometimes being difficult and in need of quiet understanding with no slapping or wringing of our necks being done. So let’s try to be kind and patient and understanding of those that seem so ugly and hard to get along with. Maybe they just need someone to hear them…really hear what they are saying under all the bluster and blowing. Maybe they just need a smile and an encouraging word. I know there are times when I am difficult and that’s all I want or need to be my pleasant self again.