Today, Sierra made plans to go skiing with some friends from out of town. They ski together nearly every weekend, but I use that phrase loosely. Sierra, who LOVES to go as fast as she can down the hardest slope she can, has ditched these poor girls on more than one occasion. In the past I have spoken with her about this:
“When you’re skiing with someone you must ski at the speed of the slowest skier.”
“When you’re skiing with someone who is not as confident as you on skis, you let them pick the route they are comfortable with.”
“Stop ditching them. If you want to take a fast run, just tell them that you want to take some solo runs and you’ll meet up with them later.”
And yet, it seems that between her social nature and the fact that she knows every single person on the ski hill, and her need for speed, as it were, she ends up ditching them frequently without any malicious intent at all. Luckily, her friends are understanding and don’t hurt from this.
Today, however, I made it expressly clear that she could not ditch them. They were coming in from out of town just to ski with her, and she just had to resign herself to going slow and going down the easy runs that they were comfortable with. She assured me she wouldn’t ditch.
she didn’t! She stayed with them all day, and made more turns on the mountain than I think I’ve ever seen her make in her life, just to stay with her friends. She was humble, she was patient, she was a good friend.
Practice some humility every day, folks. Remember that your way isn’t the only way, especially when you are with others.