Monday, February 18, 2008

If Atticus Finch's attitude was present in more people...

To Kill a Mockingbird is, as I've said numerous times, one of my all-time favorite novels. Not just because Scout is so dang hilarious, or the moral is deep, or I sometimes cry at what jerks people can be. Oh no. That's just toe of the knee sock.

I love Atticus Finch.

I love what he stands for, what he teaches, and how he teaches. My favorite line is "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it."

If more people took on this attitude of thinking of how and why other people feel the way they do, this world would be a lot less messy. It wouldn't be so hard to get along.

For example, a man came into my work today and picked up his comforter that we had cleaned. He gave me a check for $30 and corporate policy says that I have to get ID from him if it's over $25. I asked him politely to see his ID, and the man, for want of a better term, wigged out at me.

"You have the name right there on the check, the signature is right there, my name's on the computer! Why do you have to see my ID?!" he demanded furiously. "My wife and I have been coming here for years!"

This was a very angry man. I could have written him off as a stupid customer (there are so many I could do that to), but instead I tried to see why he felt angry. He was angry because he felt I was questioning his integrity by asking to make sure that it was really him. He was irritated that I didn't know that he and his wife had been coming for years. (I'm relatively new; I still don't know all the regulars.)

BUT on the other hand, why couldn't he take a calming step back and consider how I feel? I hate confrontation; I hate having to follow corporate's sometimes inane policies; and I hate being yelled at for something out of my control. The policy would seem pointless to someone who trusted people innately. Unfortunately, a few untrustworthy people have made us change the policy to make it seem like we don't trust anyone. It protects us from getting cheated, and it could possibly save someone's identity.

In conclusion, boys and girls, always always always ALWAYS consider another point of view before getting caught up in needless anger or hate. Five minutes you spend hating someone's guts is five minutes you could spend on counting your blessings or making someone's day brighter. Your choice

1 comment:

Becky said...

Becca you have wisdom beyond your years. I see a career in motivational speaking in your future. Not a cheesey weirdo like Tony Robbins, but someone real that kids can look up to and learn from.