What is that one one thing that is common to all people of all classes, ages, denominations, nationalities, ethnic groups and races?Â
We all like to eat.
There is one thing, however, that we all hate to eat.Â Our own words.Â In the human psychological make-up, the revulsion to swallowing one’s pride and retracting on self-imposed dogmatic principle is basic and elemental.
(Why am I talking like a college textbook publisher?Â I don’t know, must be bcos of teh sexy gal in dat pic :p )
This morning someone called me about a job opening in an ABS-CBN-owned company.Â ABS-CBN.Â Â I told my wife about it and she started laughing.Â Why wouldn’t she?Â My intense dislike for that TV station is almost legendary owing to the sheer inanity of many… no… MOST of its programs (Kokey, anyone?).Â But hey,Â I shouldn’tÂ look a gift horse in the mouth.Â A job prospect is always a blessing and an opportunity.Â Even if it isÂ with a company that we dislike for whatever personal reasons we have.Â In this case, if it does come to a point when circumstances dictate that I work in ABS-CBN, what the hell else could I do?
For one thing, I could laugh.Â At myself.Â After all the times I bad-mouthed said broadcasting company, I’d end up working there after all.Â Wahaha.Â My wife is still laughing – it’s not often she sees me eating my own words.Â Which is fine, humiliating but fine.Â So what?Â It’s not gonna kill me.Â Who knows, this prospect might just lead to better things for us.
So yeah, I guess that’s the point I’m driving at.Â Pride notwithstanding, if you know retracting a sweeping statement that you previously declared dogma would result in things getting better, don’t hesitate.Â It won’t kill you.Â I’ve met a lot of people who won’t budge in their adherence to principles that they know had been leading them away from better opportunities just because they don’t have the balls to swallow their pride.Â Traditionalists.Â Cultured music aficionado wannabes who wouldn’t admit that they like alternative rock.Â “I can only work with this kind of people” pseudo-professionals.Â Subscribers to the people-in-a-relationship-should-stick-with-it-come-hell-or-high-water thought school.
Sometimes the opportunity one allows to pass just because of someÂ pointless principle that really doesn’t serve any purpose other than give someone a false sense of “I’m a man of my word” honor is so huge that the waste is almost categorically criminal.Â Like shredding a 1000-peso note.
I’m posting this knowing full well that to practice what I’m preaching, I have to welcome the prospect of working in an ABS-CBN company.Â I still don’t like the idea, but now I’m keeping an open mind, lest my wife starts cackling like a hyena all over again.Â No big deal, really.Â It only hurts a little.Â Kind of like birthing pains.Â Or breaking a few eggs to make an omelet.Â Or winning a Fear Factor contest.Â None of which would kill me, to say the least