Have you ever encountered a rude person in public? How did you react? Were you rude back or did you keep your cool?
Last Sunday evening I was walking the boys, Finn and Tate. We were at our favorite walking spot, the campus of Cal Tech University. Usually we walk early in the morning but this time we decided to do an early evening walk to take advantage of the late daylight hours.
As we were going on our way I saw a man on a skateboard in the empty parking lot. Well, the boys go nuts when they see anyone on a skateboard or roller skates. I probably should have walked the other way but for some reason, I didn't and walked towards this guy. As we were walking through the parking lot the boys were pulling me so hard and turning me around and made walking quite difficult for me. Then the guy on the skateboard stops and says something to the effect of, "I'm going to stop riding until you pass through". Hmm, that's nice. "Thanks", I say. Then he says, "But it's highly irresponsible of you to take your dogs out when it's clear you have no control over them!" Um, what?
I just look at this creep (uh, guy), and ask him how he could judge my "irresponsibility" in the 2 minutes that he's even seen me with my dogs? Also, please mind your own (f-ing) business!
By the time we crossed the parking lot I was fuming. I was also thinking of all the things I "should have" said to him. You know how all of that comes to mind afterwards? So, I took the opportunity to make myself visible to him again and politely gave him the finger. That made me feel a little better.
Since Sunday however, I still find myself thinking about this Ass%#!* and all the things I would have loved to say to him. But in reality, by getting myself worked up about this stupid stranger, I'm really hurting myself. So today I wanted to share some quotes that help me to work through what I call "Interactions with the stupid people of the world", and to LET GO because trully, this guy and anyone else who is rude, obnoxious and being an ASS, is not worth it. Hear that, idiot-on-the-skateboard? I'm kicking you to the curb and pressing the delete button on ya!
Here are some quotes I'm meditating on:
A fool takes no pleasure in understanding but only in disclosing what is on his mind. Proverbs 18:2
Be kind to unkind people; they need it the most! Buddhism
How people treat you is their Karma; how you react is yours. Unknown
Do not speak in the ears of a fool for he will despise the wisdom of your words. Proverbs 23:9
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. Eleanor Roosevelt
If you have any more to share, please do, I would love to hear them!