We had a training session at work today with regards to conflict and communication. The instructor used “The Alligator River Story”, from the Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution. Here’s the story:
This story is about a woman named Abigail, who is desperate and in love. She wants the chance to be reunited with her lover, Gregory. The only thing that separates the two is an alligator filled river. When her friend, Ivan, refuses to help her across, she is then faced with a boat captain’s offer. In order for Captain Sinbad to help Abigail across the river she would first have to sleep with him. She then went to a friend named Vana to explain the dilemma. Vana did not want to be involved at all in this situation. At first, Abigail refuses but then decides to take the boat captain’s offer. Once Abigail is reunited with her lover, Gregory, she confesses her wrong doing. Gregory gives Abigail the boot in disgust and she is left heartbroken. She then tells her other friend, Slug, about what had happened. Being the compassionate friend, Slug beats Gregory brutally while Abigail watches…..laughing.
We had to list the characters in order of most to least respectful. We then had to compare our list with other’s in the group. Mine was WAY off of the norm. Here’s my version of this story, aptly renamed “Desperate Housewives of Alligator River”:
Abigail and Vana have been close friends for many years, but there was always competitive tension between them – more so from Abigail than Vana. While out clubbing, Vana noticed Gregory and decided to go for him. This made Abigail jealous, even though she thought nothing of Gregory. However, the thought of her remaining single while Vana hooked up with someone, really ticked off Abigail. She swooped into the conversation between Vana and Gregory, just seconds after it started. She flirted and showed some boob, thus sweeping Gregory off his abnormally small feet. Vana was quite annoyed by this. Anyway, after a few dates with her new beau Gregory, Abigail became bored with him. She had to think of a way to break it off. She knew the ferry captain, Sinbad, was the town mimbo (male bimbo), so she repeated her tactics from her first meeting with Gregory with Sinbad. They got it on as the boat made it’s way to the other side of the river. She told Gregory what she had just done, and he dumped her, as expected. She told her friend Slug what just occurred. He was a rather violent individual, which Abigail was using to her advantage. Slug crossed the river and beat up Gregory, to the sadistic delight of Abigail (thus the laughing at the end of the story).
I actually told the group my version of the story, justifying why most of my answers were different than the other’s. The instructor asked me if I wanted to take over the training. I graciously declined.
Today’s symptoms: I felt really icky most of the day. My fatigue was really intense, my muscles were burning and my joints were aching. I’ve had a bad headache since this morning.