Why Ignoring a Problem
Snack: Cubes of Swiss and cheddar cheese with whole-grain
One hunk of cheese per child
Procrastination is human nature. We all like to put off
doing things that might be hard or scary. But when it comes to personal
relationships, when you try to ignore a problem that you might be having with
someone else, you're likely to be making that problem even worse. In fact, the
longer you pretend it's not even there, and don't do anything about it, the
more likely it is that that problem will begin to . . . well . . . stink.
Let's say that this hunk of cheese is some kind of a
disagreement or irritation that you've been having with somebody in your life.
Let's leave this cheese out on the kitchen counter, or maybe on your bathroom
counter or sink, for a long time. Say, two weeks?
Notice what happens to the cheese. Use all five of your
senses to notice it. As long as you leave cheese in the refrigerator, and eat
it within a reasonable period of time, it's a great food - very tasty and
But if you leave it alone, not where it's supposed to be,
and don't do anything about it, it begins to get ugly - REAL ugly - and it
begins to stink.
At the end of this experiment, when you can't stand it one
more moment, throw your cheese away . . . and go to the person you've been
having a problem with, right away, and make things right.
That's not being cheesy! That's being a leader. That's being
. . . a Big Cheese.
By Susan Darst Williams • www.AfterSchoolTreats.com • People
Skills 02 • © 2008