Hard feelings soften with two words...

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  1. Manny Laureano

    Manny Laureano Utimate User

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    I had an experience today that I really wanted to tell you folks about.

    Many years ago, maybe ten or so, I had a disagreement with a colleague that resulted in his becoming very angry and resentful of me. It was my opinion that this guy was completely in the wrong. He said to me "We're through". Interestingly, I was never angry about the situation. Rather, I was uncharacteristically matter of fact about it all. I reached my conclusion and wrote the guy off dispassionately. It was a bad situation.

    So, for the past ten years we have not spoken, not a word. No mean feat, that, when you consider one thing: he has the locker right next to mine.

    So, today, I was at my locker getting something out of it when he came in to do the same. As he was doing so I quietly said "Happy New Year ******." He replied, "Thanks. The same to you."

    That was all I really expected.

    He backed away to leave, took one step, then stepped back toward me. He extended his hand, smiled and said one word:

    "Peace".

    I smiled back and reached for his hand and shook it warmly, like two old friends.

    That was it. No drama. A few words and a smile that came from three little words complemented with another.

    My question to you is:

    If you had the opportunity to make up with someone no matter who was at fault, whom would it be?

    I'm not asking you to reply by posting. Just something to mull before you go to bed tonight.

    A'ight,

    ML
     
  2. ALLCHOPS

    ALLCHOPS Piano User

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    10 YRS!

    Wow! That's a long time especially cosidering you have a locker next to his.

    Well I think it's good news and both of you regardless of who is right or wrong are better for it!

    You will both grow from this!

    Tony G
     
  3. Alex Yates

    Alex Yates Forte User

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    Nice. :thumbsup:
     
  4. Jimi Michiel

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    A nice way to start the new year.
     
  5. tpter1

    tpter1 Forte User

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    That is one powerful moment and one powerful sentiment.
     
  6. R.A.S.

    R.A.S. Pianissimo User

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    Manny
    You have been an example to us for so many years - as a trumpet player, teacher and thinker.
    Thanks for being an example in another arena of life.
    Ray
     
  7. Lazorphaze

    Lazorphaze Piano User

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    locker? i didn't know you went to school, manny :lol: :lol:
     
  8. Manny Laureano

    Manny Laureano Utimate User

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    Every day, man... every day.

    ML
     
  9. Tootsall

    Tootsall Fortissimo User

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    Yee HAW!
    As do we all. A day spent without learning anything is a day wasted.

    Thanks for that, Manny; excellent point. (aka "Minneapolis's arguably best Puerto Rican trumpet player!" :D )
     
  10. gregc

    gregc Mezzo Piano User

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    Life is too short, Manny. Gotta make those amens while we're still here.
     

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