Monday, 30th December, 2013.

There are times in everyone’s life, I suppose, when something happens to change one’s attitude a little.   Sometimes, a lot!

I listened, fascinated, to a radio-play yesterday:  “An Inspector Calls” by J. B. Priestly.   It made me think a lot about my life and how I had led it.

I wondered if I had ever treated someone badly enough to make him or her lose self-confidence or, worse, think her- or himself worthless.

So, in my mind, I went over my long and convoluted life, looking for such behaviour.   I recalled only one such incident.

It was in a work situation and I was told by my boss to sack someone he had himself set on as an employee.   I did so in as kindly a way as I could.   At least, that is what I tried to do it.

It happened far too long ago to find out how the girl felt.   Nor will I ever know what happened to her and whether she regained her self-confidence, her self-worth.

This has made me decide to try even harder, in the years I have left, never to hurt anyone with my words or my actions.   Mr. Priestly gave me a life-changing experience.

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