The cat in the photo above is my cousin’s cat, Dakota. She captioned this particular photo “The Mighty Hunter.” This seemed perfect for this unplanned post.
Dakota is watching a bird in a bush but wasn’t putting a lot of effort into trying to go after it. When my cat, Cino, sees a bird her posture immediately changes to what looks like “attack” mode. There is a choice they have to make, attack or sit back and let it go.
Which choice do you make when you encounter a rude person? Do you attack and fight back or do you calmly sit back and let it go?
I can tell you I sure feel like I have been in the middle of “attacks” lately. I haven’t been the initiator, but I certainly have been in no mood for taking it.
As I have mentioned in other posts I work at a place with children. Over the last three days, there have been a couple parents that have been down right rude! In both cases I was just doing my job and following policies, but these two people were not having it. When I would try to explain why we needed what we were asking from them, they would talk over me and raise their voice. In both cases, they walked away while I was still talking to them. (Scream!!!)
Now I am normally a pretty calm person. In fact, not so long ago there was a parent who said to me “I am so mad, you are lucky I am holding my child?” How would you take that? I actually remained pretty calm while this parent yelled at me over & over until I finally said “You are obviously upset, I will speak with my boss about this tomorrow and we’ll get back to you.” But with these last two parents, I was ready to fight!
One of them was so upset over having to go to their car to get their identification. Honestly people, would you rather we let strangers take your children? Then they had the audacity to say that I was rude. I admit, I took out my boxing gloves and punched back with a “No, you are the one who is being rude.” We went round and round for a while.
I am on an emotional roller coaster right now still trying to deal with the loss of my sister, so I am sure this is a big part of my “no tolerance” mood. I know the right thing to do is to walk away and let it go. In time, I will hopefully get back to the more calm and tolerant person that I normally am.
But I do wonder…how much rudeness are we suppose to take?