Those Who Matter Don’t Mind

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I once knew a girl named Steph. I got the feeling that she didn’t particularly care for me. Which is odd, most people think I’m quite charming. It could have been the way she acted towards me or the things she said about me or it could have been the way she said “I don’t particularly care for you Tim”. None the less she was a friend of some of my friends so we had to deal with it.

In a time of certain despair Steph was going to be away for a week and couldn’t find anyone else willing to take care of her goldfish. So she asked me.

I made it very clear to her that I did not have a good track record with goldfish and that in all likelihood it would be dead before she made it back. She assured me that it was very simple, all I had to do was feed it once a day and it would be fine. I assured her that if it didn’t make it that I would promptly purchase a new one to replace and she would never know the difference. She was very familiar with the marking of her fish and assured me that she would know.

I had every intention of taking care of that fish and proving to Steph that I was a trustworthy and useful individual.

Two or three days after she left, it was dead. I don’t know what happened, but one morning I woke up and it was bouncing from the top of the bowl to the bottom of the bowl and not long after that it was floating belly up. I did everything that I was supposed to do.

If there was ever a person that I wanted to avoid upsetting, it was her. Luckily she took it pretty well. I had left her fish floating in it’s bowl, so she could see that there was no foul play involved and so that I didn’t have to dispose of it myself. I even hugged her and told her that everything was going to be alright and that her fish enjoyed the last days of his or her life.

You can’t please everyone. No matter what you do, someone is not going to like you. You’re always going to be stepping on someone’s toes or somehow upsetting them. Most of the people that you upset really don’t matter.

Here’s today’s quotable;

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.

– Bernard Baruch

Who are you upsetting?


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