Reena’s Exploration Challenge #Week 37


When I first went to work in the country, I was a long way from anywhere. Australia is like that. You don’t have to go far to be between nowhere and anywhere.

We arrived in this small country town and settled into life away from family and friends but with the prospect of forming new friends and establishing a new home.

The first weekend there the man who was to be my immediate boss, my Head Teacher English, had us over for dinner. He used the opportunity to tell me about the school and the students who attended.

As this was a country area, the school drew from places near and far. One place, the next biggest town, was down on the border and so, further from anywhere than we were. It was a bit of a frontier town and came with its own reputation.

My Head Teacher shook his head at the mention of it and told me about the terrible kids that came from there. It was plain he didn’t like them or their parents.

So I started school with this notion that the kids from the town on the border would be terrible in the classroom.

Some of the kids from there did live up to that expectation, but the vast majority were salt of the earth beautiful kids whom I got along with well and who stayed friends with me long after they had left school.

It’s easy when you think about it for the prejudices of others, when you don’t know any better, to influence your thinking.

I’m glad I went through all that as it taught me a valuable lesson to not let the opinions of others colour your own perspectives. Find out for yourself.


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16 Responses to Reena’s Exploration Challenge #Week 37

  1. Reena Saxena says:

    Excellent example! It helped to NOT predetermine your response as per inputs received. Experiencing and analyzing has its pros and cons, but still, is worth the experience.

  2. Something similar happened to me in the ’70s.
    I was told of a vacant position in the office where a friend worked (though not in her section), so I applied and secured the post. My first day was a little subdued but I got stuck in and knew I would enjoy the job. By the end of the week, my supervisor’s attitude had thawed and I discovered why.
    Apparently ‘my friend’ was not noted for her punctuality or willingness to work, only doing the minimum and that was done slowly. It had been thought that I was of the same ilk, but I disproved it by the end of my second day. I was promoted within a year.

  3. -Eugenia says:

    IMO, experience is the best teacher. What we take away from it is up to us. We can turn things around if we want to.

  4. mandibelle16 says:

    I liked this personal piece Michael. Having more insight into your life is always interesting. It seems you learned a great lesson in learning that what this Head teacher said was well, like your last piece, a kind of ‘twaddle.’ Lol.

  5. Mandy says:

    You’re a beautiful man, Michael.

  6. Michael says:

    Thank you Mandy, much appreciated.

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  9. athling2001 says:

    A beautiful lesson beautifully told.

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