Rude, angry people: How do you deal with them?

The other day, at the bank, I asked a woman standing near the deposit counter if she was on line.

Her response:  What do you think I'm standing here for?

Today, I am grateful for wise words ~

1/ Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. - Plato

Outwardly ~ As tempting as it was to go absolutely batshit Jersey on her and kick her with my heel, I did no such thing because I am a mature, law abiding citizen.

Internally ~ As tempting as it was to strike the malocchio (evil eye) upon her, I did no such thing because I am a universe abiding citizen.

So, outwardly, I apologized.
And, internally, I really forced myself to keep repeating this in my head:  "I am so sorry for anything unfortunate that has ever happened to you in your life.  I hope only good things for you.  In fact, today, I hope something really great happens to you."

Outwardly and internally, not easy, Plato!

2/ If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. - Mother Teresa

She must have thought my apologies were phony.  She just stared at me through her sunglasses.

Not easy, Mother Teresa!

3/ When shit happens, don't get mad.  Blog about it. - Author Unknown

Maybe not the most eloquent words of all, but definitely the easiest.

Thanks for reading!

p.s. Yes, be kind anyway.  But, sometimes, I can't help but smile at the beneficial side effects of all that positive force.  As I tweeted later that day:
Tried to not mentally voodoo rude lady @the bank today.Sent her positive thoughts.Got very encouraging news this afternoon.Thx, universe! :)


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  • I go all East Coast on them...

  • In reply to Andy Frye:

    I should have gone all Cape Cod on her. Or South Hampton

  • I should take a page from this and work on how I respond in certain situations...but sometimes it is so hard to be nice to mean! :)

  • In reply to The Queer Guy:

    Aw, Daniel!! I know, believe me. It's so easy to mentally voodoo people all day LOL and so much more fun, let's be honest!
    But, thinking in the positive is more beneficial in the long run - not for anything the universe will hand you in return but for your own health (and happiness).
    No one said it would be easy, but it's worth it :)

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