Day 962. $12.50 isn’t worth getting upset about.

March 11, 2014

365+ Days of Living the Dale Carnegie Principles

Day 962.  Monday, November 11, 2013
I received an email this afternoon.

Judy:  “Hi Smiling Daffodil, I can’t make it to the dance.  Thanks for thinking of me.”

I read the email and got frustrated.  My first thought, ‘then why did you say you’d go?  Don’t you understand I paid for your ticket?’

Yes, I was upset. I regretted being the ringleader for this dance event.  Why did I suggest we attend?  Why did I suggest we get a table?  Why did I take charge?  And, I’m tired of people.

I joked with my friend Roe.

Smiling Daffodil: “Let’s just plan on the original three to attend.  You, me and Clare.  If others come, great.  If not, then I made a nice donation to the church with all the tickets I bought.”

I was still upset and was tempted to send an email to Judy.  But nothing coming out of my head was sincerely polite or kind.

I told myself that she wasn’t being malicious.  Something probably came up and she had to cancel.  She didn’t realize I already reserved a ticket.  Besides, a ticket is only $12.50.  It’s not that expensive.  Getting mad over $12.50 isn’t worth it at all!

The Dale Carnegie principle I used is from How to Stop Worrying and Start Living:
Don’t fuss about trifles

The lesson in this story:  try to gain perspective when you are frustrated with others’ behavior. Look at the bigger picture and also try to see others’ point of view.  Taking this approach prevents needless arguments and maintains positive relationships with others.

365+ Days of Living the Dale Carnegie Principles By The Smiling Daffodil

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