My wife, Kim, was pleased to see the modular kitchen unit installed in our flat when she came back from work so she rang Esther, the lady who had done the job, the thank her. What she hadn’t realised was that these two simple words had worked magic in Esther’s ears.
“In all my 18 years in this business, no customer had ever called to thank me after I have completed the job. Your wife is the first to do so,” she told me when I rang her the next day to apologise for forgetting to pay her. This was because her workmen had taken much longer that expected to finish the job and I had to rush back to work so I forgot to give her the cheque.
Esther had also not asked us for a deposit before starting the job which was unusual. And this was because Kim had made her a cup of tea when she came over to do the measurements.
“I appreciated that very much and I felt welcomed as if I am part of your family,” she said, “that’s why I didn’t ask for the deposit.”
We were quite sure Esther would not have taken the job as it was really a very small job and she could easily get big projects at this time of the year. We are really thankful that she made an effort to make a good job out of it.
A stranger becomes our new friend. A cup of tea and two simple words, that’s all it takes. Now that we have a proper kitchen, we will be inviting Esther over for Christmas dinner.
But life is not always like that. In reality, it’s easier for friends to become mortal enemies just because someone always needs to have the last word.
Of late, a certain lawmaker has been a fine example of this. Whenever he stands up to debate in Parliament, his speech is deliberately hurtful and it really stinks.
To say that he resorts to unparliamentary language is indeed an understatement. This particular MP has no qualms about spewing out racial slurs and gutter speech. He justifies this either on grounds of being provoked by other MPs or in defence of his race. I really feel sorry for the race that he is trying to represent.
Well, he’s not the only one. Other MPs have also reduced themselves to using crude, lewd and sexist language against female lawmakers in the midst their so-called parliamentary debate.
With such meaningless slanging match going on in the country’s legislative chambers, one wonders why the lawmakers bother to address one another as Yang Berhormat – Honorable.
“Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way. We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth. And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong.
“In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches. But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. And the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.
“People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison.” (James 3:2-8 New Living Translation Bible).