Lesson learned from changing a lightbulb

My kitchen lightbulb was flickering so I called maintenance to come take a look. The guy says,┬ácondescendingly, “Oh, it’s probably these green tips.” When I asked what he meant by that, he said, “The green tip bulbs are more environmentally friendly, but they aren’t compatible with our light fixtures.”

He has no idea how much I love the environment.

The Lesson

He could just as easily have said, “Our light fixtures are not compatible with the green tip bulbs.” He choose to place blame on the bulbs for not being compatible. I would argue it’s the light fixture causing the issue.

If you love the environment, or even remotely care about our future, you probably agree with me. But that’s not the point.

There are two perspectives to almost every situation. Neither is right. Neither is wrong. Understanding this will help you keep an open mind, and leave the door open for possibility.