Embarrassment


 

Oh boy, am I ever embarrassed.

Everyday, we all do something that embarrasses us.  Typically, it’s unintended.  However . . .

Speaking with a friend named Veronica, I learned of an experience where she wanted to buy a new Cadillac back in the ’90s.  She went and looked at the new model (then) the SRX.  She was in love.

The salesman approached her and she declared, “I would like to buy one of these.” The salesman said, “Well, let’s see, what kind of work do you do?” She replied, “I’m a nurse.”

With complete dismissal (as though she wasn’t good enough or make enough money to even qualify to purchase a CADILLAC he told her she wouldn’t and that she should move on.

She shared with me the amount of money (cash) that she intended to put down on the car. I can share with you that it was more than enough to qualify her to purchase the car.  She was embarrassed and hurt by the treatment of her by the salesman. Shame on him.

Shame on us if we ever make someone feel less.  Ever.

When I was a child, my Father told me, as long as your shoes are clean, your clothes are clean as well as  your hands and nails, you’re as good as anyone else in the world regardless of where they live or how much money they have.

A few years later, I found myself homeless as a child of eleven and looking for work to support my Mother, brother and two sisters. Everyone treated me with respect and to a person they all felt bad that they didn’t have any work to offer me.  That was true for all except the one that finally did hire me. That’s a story for another time.

How we make other’s feel should be a measure of who we are.  What are your thoughts?

Garth Brooks says it well; “Love one another.”

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