Re: Patch challenge
Bruce Ward (Bruce.Ward@SMTPGWY.AGRIC.NSW.GOV.AU)
Thu, 26 Oct 1995 09:09:31 EST
My entry for what its worth:
This word of advice came from a teacher, I can't even remember who or
when, but it was at high school, after I had been subject of some
bullying by a big, but pretty dull, boy.
At the time I thought the advice was directed at the wrong party, but
as I have gone through life, I have realised that that teacher got it
right, and I apply the advice as part of by life phillosophy.
That teachers rule was:
"If you make and enemy, you have made a mistake"
Now I know that sounds like a real wimpy way out, but I can't count
how many times I have thanked myself that I didn't take the
opportunity to make the smart comment, or put someone down. Later it
mattered that I hadn't made that enemy.
Other times I have walked away from a developing argument when it was
clear the other person would not listen. It would have been easy to
put in a last word, but thats what they would probibly remember.
So I recall the teachers advice and wish I could remember who it was.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City