Are you offended easily? I am.
Let's see just how easy it is to offend me:
• Not using your left-indicator
• Not saying 'Please' or 'Thank You'
• Not smiling back when I smile at you...
Actually, the list is almost endless. But taking offence never brings me pleasure.
I know that you and I are only offended when our 'Code' is violated. We have a rule book in our mind that defines what is good or bad, acceptable or unacceptable. Unfortunately, breaking the rules is only fun for those who do the breaking!
I want you to be happier.
You can be far happier than you have ever been before - starting today. How? By relaxing some of the rules. Specifically, by relaxing your own rules that you expect other people to play by. Trust me - they don't care - it's only you who is suffering.
Is it really the end of the world if someone cuts into my lane without indicating? If they leave enough space, and don't force me to slow down, I think I could let it pass, don't you?
And if someone doesn't say 'Please' - surely that's more a reflection on their lower evolutionary state, isn't it? I'll be content with being such a spiritual giant.
But what about not smiling back when I graciously offer my gorgeous grin? Who knows what sorrows they are facing. Let's face it - I can let them off, can't I?
Yes, all of the above is firmly tongue in cheek, but I know if I have a little voice in my head that says,
"Which rule are they breaking?"
...this gives me enough pause to regain my poise and enjoy the exhilaration of forgiveness instead.
I want to break free... wanna join me?
A Moodscope member.