When I embarked on my month of service, I forgot one VERY important thing – sometimes people are difficult to work with. Sometimes in life we encounter people who see things differently than us. Sometimes, we have to make compromises in order to help people.
Get my drift? Sometimes working with people is HARD! I’m definitely learning this more and more every day that I’m in school or practicum. Remember how I said that we do a ton of group work? Yeah, that isn’t always my favorite thing. People can be difficult.
But you know what? Not a day goes by that we don’t all need to work with other people. How can I ever expect to serve people if I can’t even work with them? Maybe these Kent School professors know what they’re doing after all…
If you know me at all, you know that I am opinionated. I like to be right. I’m impatient, and quick-tempered, and introverted. Not really the recipe for a good social worker! But I have some other qualities too, some qualities that I think WILL make me a good social worker. I can be kind, and smart, and empathetic, and helpful – when I want to be.
So this month of service has really been equally as much about working on myself, as it has been about serving others. Because to truly serve others, we need to be the best version of ourselves possible. And we need to be able to work well with others.
Teamwork, baby. It’s all about being a good teammate.
Good thing I have a little bit of experience in that arena…
Do you struggle with being a good teammate ever? Or in working with difficult people?