So, I’m not going to talk about politics because that provokes a lot of hot potatoes. However, I would like to discuss the call that Hillary Clinton made to Donald Trump when he won the election and about the first meeting between Barack Obama and President Trump. Also, Mitt Romney will have an interview with President Trump to talk about him possibly becoming the next secretary of state.
As we all know, Romney has said some horrendous things about Trump—whether you agree or not—that’s beside my point in this blog. And of course, they have all talked a lot of dirt and “smack” about each other, serious accusations.
Now, what surprises is that all these politicians after stating endless negativity and trash about each other are able to sit with each other—or in the case of Hillary, she decides to call Trump professionally, congratulate him, and then she respectfully concedes.
Several people feel adamant about these types of behaviors because they find them highly hypocritical. However, others see it mature and professional. I am going to stick with that latter statement. I think it takes a considerable amount of strength, maturity, and professionalism to sit with someone who you consider a fierce opponent.
Like I said, I don’t wish to focus on the politics. I am curious about the mentality of these people who are able to shake hands, sit down, and talk about their opinions in spite of their differences.
At many times, we feel rather protective of our close friends, family members, or colleagues. Obviously, if someone mistreats them or if someone challenges them in one way or another, it’s not going to settle well because we love and or truly appreciate them.
So, if they inform us about a particular rebel or scoundrel (being just a bit hyperbolic), we will dislike the rebel or villain based on word of mouth. And why should we have a reason to distrust dear friend, family member, beloved colleague, correct? We love them, know them, and we trust their judgment. What worries about this is that we fail to realize that our friends, family members, or colleagues are not perfect.
Once we make a judgment about someone based on what a “trustworthy” person told us, we leave objectivity to a side, and we fail to see the other person’s perspective. And to me, that’s unfair to the other person.
What if they are right? What if they didn’t mean it in the way your friend, family member, or colleague perceived it? And if that particular person has not done me any harm, why should I pick a fight or complaint with them? What if the personalities simply didn’t mesh well? Maybe no one is wrong, perhaps both parties are right, or maybe they both hold some truth and something false to their opinions or differences.
So, what’s my point? That I think we should take the example of these politicians and learn to be “professional” with different kinds of people, even if we don’t like them because it really does show a strong character. They all attacked each others’ families, friends, colleagues, personal images, and parties so on and so forth.
I hope this does not come out as judgmental because what I am actually writing about is an observation—that I’m sure most of us have seen on the news—meaning all these democrats and republicans are sitting together with Trump. I mean, sometimes I feel like beings childish and just tell someone, “I don’t like you because my best friend asked me to dislike you.” That may be slightly simplified. But I’m assuming that’s how we look when we decide to act “not professional.”
Personally, I would like to emulate that level of professionalism and apply it to my life—to respect someone if we have differences or if they challenge me–instead of the “How dare you to challenge? I’m one hot little potato now.”
Do you agree or disagree with this observation? Please, feel free to disagree. I am practicing “my professionalism,” but I cannot make any promises. Just kidding.
I hope no one’s eyes hurt due to any of the images. Cheers!