A Mushroom for Your Irony

15 Mar

I had a bad day at work yesterday. Really awful. It was so awful that the preceding week (including the weekend), which I thought was tiring and stressful, actually seemed petty.

I can’t reveal many details lest I provoke a gang of spiteful enemies. The climate is sensitive as it is, I don’t want to add to the low morale of the office.

I just can’t stop wondering, though. How can a person who has built a scholarly career in understanding organizations fail miserably in their dealings with those who do not have Ph.Ds and other titles appended to their names (“lesser beings”)? Aren’t they supposed to be the ones good at it? Management. Hello. What an irony!

Suddenly, I remembered this picture.

I was delighted, one afternoon, to see a healthy mushroom thriving INSIDE one of our office rooms so, I took a picture. See the wooden floor and the brick and concrete walls? Yes, it’s inside one of our more beautiful rooms. It got me to thinking how it could possibly be, given the tight glass panels surrounding the room and despite the regular cleaning it gets.

Then it hit me. Some mushrooms grow on decaying leaves, dung, mulch, and compost. It must be, therefore, that there is something decaying beneath the polished wooden floor all this time. And when conditions were ripe, nothing got in the way of the mushroom’s majestic display.

Alas! I found a good metaphor for that person’s irony. There’s no covering up for what’s rotten underneath. No academic degree can make up for genuine relationships. It will show at one point or another and the world will know.

Trust me. And the mushroom.

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4 Responses to “A Mushroom for Your Irony”

  1. Marivic March 19, 2011 at 5:38 PM #

    Fine clothes, glittering diamonds and shiny gold, well-made hair and faces can not hide what kind of person you are. Apple trees can not bear oranges. Even the titles are often taken literally… Just like what happened to me and an acquaintance…

  2. lovelle March 16, 2011 at 2:57 PM #

    hope you still remember the film I lent you: “Finding Forrester”. do not doubt the person that you are -because somebody say so. After all we are here to not to glorify the trappings of this world but to realize our purpose in life

  3. lovelle March 16, 2011 at 2:57 PM #

    hope you still remember the film I lent you: “Finding Forrester”. do not doubt the person that you are -because somebody say so. After all we are here to not to glorify the trappings of this world but to realize our purpose in liefe.

  4. Arnold March 15, 2011 at 5:33 PM #

    Well, many of those who try to earn additional appendage on their names are those who are actually insecure. Of course, there are those who really wanted to learn, but many in the academe are simply people who have nothing more to do than terrorize those who are actually bigger than they are.

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