Monday, June 4, 2007

responding to anger with kindness

today i wrote my advisor an email about tweaking my classes for the fall. she responded that big changes were coming down the pike that would definitly affect me and my fall schedule. i panicked at that, because i'd been planning on taking an extra peds class in the fall as a clinical elective, and had heard from another student that i wouldn't be able to do it. i sent her what can only generously be described as an angry email, saying that she and i knew this was my plan, and essentially i was mislead. she responded to my angry email with kindness, writing back that the changes that were coming did not affect my placement in that class.

how nice that she responded to my email with kindness, instead of returning the anger. she could have easily done that, but didn't. if i can learn to respond to anger with kindness, in most situations, i think it would take me a long way. it is something i'd like to work on. it's hard because in this culture you have to be aggressive to get what you want. but if everyone is aggressive, there is no kindness and it just creates friction where there need not be. give it a little bit of love, it goes a long way.

the orthopedics clinic was interesting. lots of developmental hip dysplasia, elbow fractures, club feet and football injuries. we must have seen 10million patients.

1 comment:

LJ said...

How wonderful when someone chooses to be kind. I'm so glad you have such a great advisor.