Saturday, May 24, 2008

Calling a spade a spade

Don't ask me how I do it, but I am always putting my foot in my mouth on account of my overbearing honesty. Time and again, others have warned me to desist from being so forthright, but I have been unable to withstand injustice or tolerate incompetence, stupidity, unprofessionalism, and all such acts of ineptitude. Hence, I often shoot off at the mouth and end up harming my own standing among my near and dear ones, as well as among those with whom I do business.

I know and understand my weakness and there have been several occasions when I have successfully held on to my sanity and have remained quiet; however, on the majority of occasions, I have not been able to hold on and have called a spade a spade.

Let me give you an example of my foolishness: let us say that a patient asks a question which you frankly know is outright stupid. As a doctor, I know that patients ARE prone to asking such questions as they have NO medical knowledge. My correct response should be to maintain my composure and to answer the question in a matter of fact manner. What I do do is that inevitably, I break out into a laugh or guffaw aloud so much that the patient is immediately made to feel inferior.

Their response is to laugh it off with me at that time, but I know that they have been hurt by my casual and inconsiderate response ... and I cannot do anything about it.

Have you, dear reader, faced such a problem with your people? If yes, please share your experience with me.

1 comment:

StephTheScribe said...

Yeah, you're right. I've always thought that you're a blunt person. I can see that in your reviews. I didn't like it at first when I initially got to know you, but I've got used to it.

But, anyway, there's absolutely nothing wrong in being straightforward. In the long run, such people are usually appreciated! Keep it goin'!