Have you ever been corrected by someone when you have mispronounced a word?
My dad mispronounced words a lot. He also mixed up words that meant something very different of which he was trying to convey. By relating and accepting him “as is” over time, I came to understand something quite profound. He taught me it is not really important or an earth-shattering event if a person mispronounces a word, especially if you care and accept the person for who he or she is.
Besides, by making a point to correct someone, it puts him or her down. Isn’t because they haven’t done something the way you insist be the correct way according to your standards?
Case in point. Someone once corrected me for mispronouncing “Walgreen’s.” Of which, I simply did not accept the correction, by continuing to mispronounce it. Of which I was reprimanded with: “Don’t you want to pronounce it correctly?” My reply? “No. I really don’t care if it is correct or not.” That comment of indifference did not bode well.
So, the next time you are called out, do what feels right for you. Now, if it is a work related issue, or you have mispronounced a person’s name, then I stand corrected and follow suit.
I understand it can be a challenge for accepting someone “as is” which includes accepting those who have corrected you. I am learning that being corrected… not to take it personal. Well, sort of. I am a work in progress.