This morning I parked next to a security guard at the site I am working at this week. He stepped out of his car in his uniform and asked me whether I am a law enforcement agent or an educator? I assured him that I am an educator.
He felt that he didn’t want me to park next to him. He mentioned how his car was hit earlier this month and he’d prefer me to move my car. There was plenty of space next to his car and many spaces in the lot at 7:30am. I had to make a quick decision whether or not to argue, using logical reasoning or accept his demand. I decided, unlike how I would normally respond, to move my car. I decided to accept the man where he is in his life, with the fears and insecurities that he held. I decided to console him by meeting his needs this morning.
I took Harper Lee’s quote from To Kill a Mockingbird. As Atticus suggests to his children “you never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb in his skin and walk around in it.”
This morning I decided to climb in his skin and walk in his shoes. I let go of my ego and decided to be a part of his insecurities and I’m so happy I didn’t react how I normally would have, with anger and rage.