We all run into rude people in our lives…some of them may even be family…so let me tell you about someone who walked into my life yesterday. I had the feeling that I was suppose to learn something from this person…but I’m not sure what. It ties into something that happened to my wife, Bernice, the day before. My wife and I approach people in our lives differently…my wife will tell you exactly what she thinks…I tend to package my thoughts with sugar. So when we both ran into rude people, we handled it very differently.
Bernice was on her way home on public transit when a woman got on the bus and sat behind her. This woman made several rude and disparaging remarks to the lady sitting beside her about the lady’s weight. My wife turned around and told the woman that she was rude…surprised, the woman stared at my wife and said, “what?” Bernice jusg kept telling her she was rude…the broken record technique…until the woman just gave up and became silent…that is exactly what you are suppose to do. She practically got a standing ovation from the rest of the bus. I wish sometimes I could do that.
I went to the local electronics shop about my computer, of course…I hate this computer. I waited for my turn and started explaining to the technitian what was going wrong…it worked perfectly while I was there, of course. A man walked up to the counter with his computer, dropped it, and proceeded to interupt the different technicians that were already speaking with other clients. Apparently he was more important, and his time was more valuable, than everyone else there. He was loud and obnoxious…he was rude. I thought about what my wife would do…then I thought about whether this guy was crazy as a loon, and what the chances were that he was packing heat…I know, I live in northern Canada, he probably had a pocket full of lint. I couldn’t do it…I just sat there staring at him and let the technitian handle him. I really need to get a back bone…it’s hard to walk without one.
God Bless, Julia