Showing posts with the label Empathy

How I realized the importance of water?

Just when I was meandering in and out of my house, my mom called out to me and told me there was something wrong with the water pumping motor. I reached out to her as soon as I heard her voice. The thought of an empty tank was constantly bugging her. She added that without water it would not be possible for her and us to do the daily chores. I ran towards my room, which took me a while, to call my electrician. The person who I can rely on with my eyes shut. At times, he is lackadaisical and doesn't respond well. As usual, he told me that he was busy and would not be able to come. I told him that it was urgent and there's nothing we could do without his help. That's when I realized how important an electrician is. I sound like a square peg in a round hole in such situations. Jokes apart, I insisted him to visit us the following day and the call ended on an assuring note from his side. Meanwhile, we had the whole day ahead of us and thoughts of water running dry. I will expl

The subtle art of keeping quiet and avoiding quarrels

Josh(customer at a restaurant): You are a loggerhead. I hate simpletons like you. Don’t you know how things are done around here? That’s a $1000 attire you just ruined. Kol(Waiter): I am really sorry, Sir. I am. This would not happen again to anyone. And if possible, I will buy you the same suit after I am done with today’s shift. Josh: You have got to be kidding me. How would you do that with your meager salary? Kol: Don’t worry, Sir. I have saved enough over the years to buy you a $1000 suit.  Josh: You are crazy. You don’t have to do that. Just make sure it doesn’t happen again.  Now, this is how you avoid a conflict. A feeling of empathy along with a bunch of nice replies is all that you need to get you out of a troublesome situation. Let’s look at another conversation to help you get started. My friend: The habit of not pondering upon your weaknesses is your Achilles hill.  My reply to him: I would take your advice and start working on my weak areas. My friend: I