Peanut Gallery Concern

“All alone in my castle, I am wonderful. I spend the most time with me, I should know.”

Am I nutty or are you nutty and I’m allergic? What is it about people that bothers me so much? I don’t for a second think that I’m better than anyone; in all honesty on a good day I don’t think I’m any worse. So how come  they annoy me to no end and by the time I’ve had enough I’m rude! That’s not me. At least I don’t think it is and when I am – well I certainly don’t want to be. There’s a difference between a being an asshole and being rude. Lots of people are assholes. Some people even make money off being these kinds of people. Mainstream media and low brow comedy shows are idyllic with their assholes. Not to put either of those down – well maybe the former eh – or to even call one out. I mean to say that we certainly thrive off humor at other people’s expense. My whole point being is we’ve all laughed a few times there especially at our own expense. I mean, we’re better off chuckling at ourselves anyways. Then the jerk walks into the room and instead of being kinda funny in the right light this person is really, undeniably rude. Don’t get me wrong there’s a spectrum; you can have varying ratios of rude to asshole. Some people fall somewhere in between. Like a bank teller rolling her eyes or not being able to say hello. Then there’s really rude and all that shit but we don’t need to get into that. It changes in circumstance and happens occasionally by accident – don’t do business errands at five o’clock on Friday after work – but generally, typically I just want to be kind.

So I looked it up. Google better not start advertising me self help books on amazon. That was a bad joke. Anyways, according to dictionary.com being kind is defined as: having or showing behavior that is respectful and considerate of other people. “they thought she was wrong but were too polite to say so” of or relating to people who regard themselves as more cultured and refined than others.As I said, I have no issue above anyone else. Although trying to tell that to our egos can be a whole other bag of worms. And since we’re not going fishing we are just looking at what is kindness. Consideration for other people. That old golden rule that states we should treat others as we would want to be treated. Which is a great sentiment if you like yourself. If you hate yourself you’re not going to expect kind treatment so why would you provide it. At the end of the day you are left with yourself – nuttiness and all. So perhaps I am more annoyed with myself than others. Kindness to yourself is important so you can be kind to the next person. It starts with you.

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