“Anyone who would take advantage of my weaknesses does not deserve my strengths.” ~ unknown
Over on our other site https://weeklyprompts.com the Midweek Word-prompt is Advantage. This is my response to the prompt.
Have I taken advantage of someone? I would say not, have I taken advantage of a situation? I would say definitely yes.
Where others see darkness, I will see a light, and will find an advantage.
My mother once said I was born lucky, “No matter what happens, you always manage to fall on your feet!” It was almost said as a complaint. In some respects, I agreed with her, but in other ways, I disagreed. For the most part, I’ve had a fortunate life but that isn’t to say that bad things haven’t happened and when they have I’ve mostly taken the positive stance.
Have others taken advantage of me? Yes, on occasion, and in some circumstances finding the positive stance has been difficult.
I see the best in people long before I see the worst, I will make excuses for their behaviour even though the evidence is plain to see.
I was once warned to watch my back. “He wants your job!” I was told. I ignored the advice and believed the young male teacher simply wanted to be involved. I encouraged his involvement and suggested he be allowed to take on a small part of my role.
Despite being near retirement I was still good at my job, a job that had evolved from virtually nothing to one with many facets, I knew the job inside out, no one else had my experience or my knowledge. The young man had a lot to learn, and I saw nothing wrong in passing on some of my skills, after all, he could be the one to take over when I retired.
The summer break arrived and when I returned to school at the start of term it was as a new widow, I was also recovering from surgery. Feeling low I announced this would be my final year.
It was decided that the young man would share my role, and initially, I believed this to be an excellent idea, I could ease him in gently before I retired, but I was wrong.
Unfortunately, the school management took advantage of this, my salary was unfairly reduced and the non-contact planning time was taken away from me.
I protested and attempted to explain how much time outside of school was already given over to the job, but I was still grieving and too weary to fight it further.
The young man also took advantage and began to present my ideas as his own. His lesson plans never arrived, and I continued as always, planning lessons for a whole school, teaching each year group, running the school website and the VLE, (Virtual Learning Environment) but he had become the golden boy and received my glory.
When I retired my role was split between four people because, I was told, “It’s far too much for one person!”
© SueW-nansfarm.net July 2018 – in response to the word-prompt Advantage from Weekly Prompts. http://weeklyprompts.com/2018/07/18/word-prompt-advantage