While doing a home health visit when I still worked, I met a very unkind individual. After calling to confirm the appointment, I arrived at the home and the water sprinkler was on, spraying water wildly over the front and side of the house. I received the home owner’s voicemail when I phoned, left a message that I was at the front, questioned where I was to enter, and requested the sprinkler be turned off.

No return call.

I sat in front of the house and waited for a call 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, I thought.

 The caregiver/client’s daughter was called and I got her voicemail. A nurse from a fourth agency ran through the water. When she was leaving I asked if the homeowner was back there.

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

I telephoned a third time.

No answer but the sprinkler went off about five minutes later. I strode to the back of the property, smiled and introduced myself. The homeowner nor caregiver introduced self or instructed me how to find the patient in the home. The daughter nodded to my questions but did not volunteer pertinent information.

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

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

Through the Holy Spirit living in me, I didn’t let other’s behaviors influence me and keep me from being kind.

“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?