I met a very unkind individual last summer while doing a home visit. I called to confirm the appointment. When I got to the home the water sprinkler was on, spraying water wildly over the front and side of the house. After telephoning, I received the home owner’s voicemail, left a message that I was at the front, questioned where I was to enter, and requested the sprinkler be turned off.

There was ‘no’ return call.

I sat in front of the house and waited to hear from her or the sprinkler to be turned off so I could enter without getting soaked. Three healthcare personnel from other agencies ran through the water to the back of the house. “I don’t want to get wet. They should have the sprinkler off if they expect caregivers.”

 The homeowner/caregiver was called again and I got her voicemail. A nurse from another agency ran through the water and as she was leaving I asked her if the homeowner was back there.

She answered, “She’s sitting back there on the porch.”

I called a third time.

No answer but the sprinkler went off about five minutes later. I walked to the back, smiled and introduced myself. Thhomeownerer and my contact did not smile, introduce herself or tell me how to find the patient in the home. She nodded to my questions but did not volunteer pertinent information.

Continuing to smile, I asked questions and tolerated her sour, sarcastic, superior attitude.

Five years ago I may have been as conceited and sardonic as her.

But now, through the Holy Spirit living in me, I don’t let other’s behaviors influence me and keep me from being kind.

All thanks and praise to God!

“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”____________________________________________________John Wesley

Do you let other’s sour attitudes influence you?