Motivational Monday – How to Handle Negative People

Women at the hairdressers seen here under the driers. April 1956 Mirrorpix/Courtesy Everett Collection

A woman was at her hairdresser’s getting her hair styled for a trip to Rome with her husband. She mentioned the trip to the hairdresser, who responded: “Rome? Why would anyone want to go there? It’s crowded and dirty. You’re crazy to go to Rome. So, how are you getting there?”

We’re flying Continental,” was the reply. “We got a great rate!”

“Continental?” exclaimed the hairdresser. ” That’s a terrible airline. Their planes are old, their flight attendants are ugly, and they’re always late. So, where are you staying in

“We’ll be at this exclusive little place over on Rome ‘s Tiber River called The Grande.”

“Don’t go any further. I know that place. Everybody thinks its gonna be something special and exclusive, but it’s really a dump.”

“We’re going to go to see the Vatican and maybe get to see the Pope.”

“That’s rich,” laughed the hairdresser. “You and a million other people all climbing over each other, trying to see him. He’ll look the size of an ant. Boy, good luck on this lousy trip of yours. You’re going to need it.”

A month later, the woman again came in for a hairdo. The hairdresser asked her about her trip to Rome .

“It was wonderful,” explained the woman, “not only were we on time in one of Continental’s brand new planes, but it was overbooked, and they bumped us up to first class. The food and wine were wonderful, and I had a handsome 28-year-old steward who waited on me hand and foot.. And the hotel was great! They’d just finished a $5 million remodeling job, and now it’s a jewel, the finest hotel in the city. They, too, were overbooked, so they apologized and gave us their owner’s suite at no extra charge!”

“Well,” muttered the hairdresser, “that’s all well and good, but I know you didn’t get to see the Pope.”

“Actually, we were quite lucky, because as we toured the Vatican, a Swiss Guard tapped me on the shoulder, and explained that the Pope likes to meet some of the visitors, and if I’d be so kind as to step into his private room and wait, the Pope would personally greet me. Sure enough, five minutes later, the Pope walked through the door and shook my hand! I knelt down and he spoke a few words to me..”

“Oh, really! What’d he say?”

“Who screwed up your hair?” He stopped and crossed himself, “I mean, bless you child… because that hair do is bad!”

Author Unknown

16 thoughts on “Motivational Monday – How to Handle Negative People

  1. Beautiful story. If only negative people knew the damage they do with their negative thoughts,ideas and attitude. Thank God the brilliant woman was strong enough not to be affected by the negatives of the hairdresser.

  2. I recall that joke from a few years back and how appropriate when one is talking about negative people. I almost used it in the “Optimism” chapter of my book, I liked it so much. But, I came up with one that illustrated the point as well. Thanks for bringing this back in my memory. I may use something like it in one of my blog posts.

  3. Hahaha, nice story! in dealing with negative people, It should take some patience, but If all fails, I just avoided them.

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