Slap on a smile and don’t let rude people ruin your day
"RUDENESS is the weak man's imitation of strength." - Eric Hoffer, The Passionate State of Mind: And Other Aphorisms.
Yes, that's right. I see rude people.
In many instances, it seems when the pursuit of self-interest and self-realisation turns into self-absorption, rudeness arises.
And sometimes in today's hectic world, with the rudest seemingly the loudest on social media, it appears there's less kindness being shown by humanity.
Luckily, I'm blessed to have lovely family and friends, who should only ever have positive adjectives attached to their names.
But some folks are rude to basically everyone. Yes, they aren't even kind to their own kind.
It can get you down.
I hate it when I hear about wonderful people being victims of verbal attacks or character assassinations by unthoughtful people.
But it's important to remember those people aren't really revealing things about you - but displaying their own character.
And in the end, the truth will come out, karma will kick them in the toosh, and/or whatever deity you believe in will have the final word.
So be kind. Smile.
Instead of spruiking the negative actions that you've witnessed, applaud the positive.
It can make such a difference, especially in a community this size.
With the frivolities of the Gladstone Harbour Festival upon us this weekend, it shouldn't be too hard for people to be polite.
But just in case the rudies can't help themselves, go the extra mile and try to put some extra cheer in the air.