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when sh*# happens!

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Many moons ago, I used to be a tutor in a university in Australia. Big classes (+400 students), many tutors, and multiple lecturers! Every Friday afternoon all teaching staff used to congregate to discuss the week gone by. A tutor colleague of mine in that class was particularly noteworthy. A 6 foot 2 inches tall lady, ex-corporate hotshot; a victim of the post 2008 Global Financial Crisis redundancies. A sight to behold! Sometimes, she used to come to the meeting brooding and gloomy, and slouch on a chair…her long legs sprawled all over the place! Naturally, we all showed concern: “What happened?” Her response was always the same: “class no good this week….but hey! Sh*% happens!!!” After some time, we never waited for her response. We all chorused her pet response: “…but hey! Sh*% happens!!!” , followed by a  guffaw, and then all doom and gloom gone!

So who is there for you to confide in when ‘sh*% happens’? How do you share your emotions when things unravel? Who to share it with? Who should be the ‘sounding board’? or, to put it more dramatically, a ‘shoulder to cry on’ ?


Written by Amer Khan

April 6, 2012 at 3:06 pm

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  1. I like that song – Tommy Page’s A shoulder to cry on! I always like the idea of Learning Community where all can come and share their experience. Yup, they can share the joy and the dismay there. But how many are willing to do that? Often people are trapped in their own box of pride. They have placed a limit of their own by not willing to take the risk to open up.
    Think about the parable of playing a kite. We enjoy the most when our kite is flying high in the sky far away from us. We have no joy at all if we hold the kite in our hand.

    CY Fung

    April 7, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    • “But how many are willing to do that? Often people are trapped in their own box of pride.” Hey buddy, you make an excellent point! And I love your kite metaphor. So lets let our pedagogical kites fly high in the sky, even if it means ceding control to the uncertain winds!


      April 7, 2012 at 2:58 pm

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