Reality Reflection: Stupid People

Today I’m thinking about something that’s not exactly holiday, as you may have guessed.  Yep, those people that just completely blow your mind with their ignorance, rudeness, and/or laziness.  They’re the people that make you shake your head and stare in disbelief that they’ve gotten this far in life at least somewhat successfully.  It’s the driver who cuts across 6 lanes to take an exit, it’s the person who speaks and reads a certain language perfectly well but has trouble with the big sign practically in front of their face that answers their question yet they insist on asking you, and even the people who do those incredibly dumb things that you can’t help but laugh or giggle at even though it’s not really the right thing to do.  But I don’t need to tell you about them, you’ve probably met a few in your time.

But let’s face it, we are heading into the holiday season.  For business owners that means dealing with people who don’t usually shop with them but are during this time because they need gifts and think that the things a business offers would be perfect.  For everyone who drives it means an increase of people driving to stores and drinking at parties and driving to said parties.  For those who have a particular holiday preference it can be annoying to see the abundance of other holiday gear at this time.  And some people just don’t like the holidays and it makes them grumpy and grouchy.  You really can’t escape the season even if you want to.

So if we’re stating as fact that the number of ‘stupid people’ that we will run into over the next month or so will be more than usual, what’s one to do?  Well, it’s something I think we can do all year long but is especially relevant for people in the US this week: work on your thankful list. No, I’m not suggesting that you start listing reasons why you’re not a stupid person (we all have our moments), but what I’m suggesting is that you instead think about things you’re thankful for, what made you thankful that day or holiday memories that you’re thankful for.  While there may not be anything you can do to help that person who is annoying you so, there is something you can do about your attitude and outlook on life at the moment. So what are you thankful for today?

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