Day 2 prompt: “Write something that someone told you about yourself that you never forgot.”
An editor I worked under once told me that she and I had a similar personality: we ‘mirror’ how others treat us. It struck a chord because it was an astute observation – she just put it into words perfectly.
I know myself to be a person who gives an eye for an eye. Some might say its not a good trait to have, but I’m not a saint, and I don’t pretend to be.
This is especially true when it comes to people who are disrespectful or trying to get their opinions on me in a forceful manner: the more aggressive they are, the more I fight back. Kind of like a ‘fight fire with fire’ philosophy. If you are calm and rational, chances are, you’ll find I mirror the behaviour.
On the flip side, if I know a person to be kind to me, I will go out of my way to help them.
There are pros and cons to this, especially in the working world where people back stab each other to get ahead of the rat pack. If there’s one thing I need to learn, it’s the ability to camouflage my outward distaste for unsavoury characters, especially at a workplace. While I’m all for being real and honest, it’s always better to make friends, or at least not to make enemies, no matter how much you dislike them – you never know when you’d have to approach them for a favour. And that’s the way of life.