I work at two crammers*. I teach English at one of them, but not the other. I’m frustrated. Why can’t I teach English, though I have a lot of experience and knowledge, as well as teaching skills? Instead, I do reading comprehension in Japanese, although I’m not good at reading Japanese.
So I decided to ask my friend, Mr. Light, about it.
“Hello, Mr. Light. How’re you doing?”
Then, there appeared an orange light floating in front of me,saying,
“Good, thank you. And you?”
“I’m OK, thanks. Now, can I ask you a question?”
“Why can’t I teach English at a crammer, though I do at the other?”
Mr. Light answered loud and clear.
“Because you want to quit the crammer. Because you don’t want to work there. And because you don’t believe you belong to it. That’s why.”
I’m really shocked to hear those words. Actually, I always think so, and I don’t want to teach English to junior high schoolers because it’s too easy.
“So what should I do? I want to be happy about things.”
Mr Light answered on the spot.
“It’s easy. You have only to accept the situation. Because you are unwilling to work with them, you are frustrated. Teaching English doesn’t matter.”
“What do you mean?” I asked him.
“If you should teach English, you will still get frustrated, saying, ‘I don’t want to teach English to junior high schoolers. It’s boring.’”
I couldn’t help but agree with him. Then I said,
“So, do you mean I’m lucky not to teach them?”
“Well, now I’m beginning to feel happy. And, actually, I teach English at the other crammer, where I enjoy teaching English to senior high schoolers.”
Now I’m happy. And I understand the mechanism. I will get the outcome as I want to; I thought it was boring to work at one crammer, and that thought made me get frustrated with working there. I think I’m happy working the other crammer, so I can enjoy working there.
“I’m very happy to talk to you, Mr. Light. Thank you.”
“Me, too. See you again.” Then the orange light disappeared.