The lady behind the reception desk said “I’m sorry, but the pool closes at six o’clock on a Monday”
She must have made a mistake…
“Are you sure? The website says it’s open.”
She confirms the pool is definitely closed.
I’m for blaming something, so I say…
“I think the website must be wrong.”
The receptionist astutely says she doesn’t know anything about the website, avoiding meeting me on that field. I recognise reality (but not responsibility) and leave.
Of course, I’ve just got it wrong. The website is perfectly correct.
Such are the consequences of ego—in this case, mine. A little example highlighting a problem we all face—learning blocked by ego—our own and other people’s.
Where’s yours letting you down? And what changes when you reign it in a little?
On this occasion I would say that particular website is very confusing. It’s not obvious the difference between pool opening times and public swimming times. Very frustrating, I would have been looking for someone to blame too, even although there is no mileage in it!
Dr David Fraser says
Hi Gillian. Kind of you to say these things. It’s still better to let it go.