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Insanity June 28, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Mindfulness, People.
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Grumpy gusYesterday, a frequent commenter on SLTW accused me of being “truly” insane:

My humble and guarded opinion then must be that you are the first and only person I have ever met who may be ‘truly’ insane.

She may be right.

If “insanity is repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results” (as some have defined it), she may be correct in her assessment . . . at least with respect to my interactions with her.

Over the course of the past year, she has called me names, interrupted discussion threadstossed out unwarranted accusations, resurrected stale disputes, offered skewed interpretations of innocent posts, etc.

During the same period of time, I’ve attempted to explain, on more than one occasion, why her comments (and tantrums) are not always well received:

Rules of the House

Life is NOT A Free-For-All

The Queen of Hearts

When explaining the rules didn’t work to quell her enthusiasm, when deleting inappropriate comments didn’t solve the problem, when attempting to reason with her didn’t improve the situation, I put her in the Time Out Box.

All to no avail.

In her latest gambit to “get my goat” and/or “rock my boat,” she placed herself in the role of amateur  psychiatrist, offering her “humble opinion” that I am insane.

Hmm . . . she’s got a point.

I have been doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.  And nothing has changed . . . for obvious reasons:

* We cannot change others.  We can only change ourselves.

* The “what is” is.

* How we relate to the issue IS the issue.

After mindfully considering the foregoing, I’ve decided that how I relate to “the issue” is going to change, starting . . . NOW.

Hand-moving-chess-pieceIf “the issue” leaves a comment, it will remain, unopened, in the Time Out Box.  I will no longer read her taunts, post her negative comments, or respond to her diatribes against me or others.  I shall relate to “the issue” by kicking her comments aside, like pebbles, as I continue on my path.

Maybe she’ll finally get the message.

Quote:  Barn’s burnt down ~ now I can see the moon.  Masahide (1657-1723)

No rules.  Just write!

What about you?

What have you postponed doing that turned out to be easier than expected?

Damn Yankees! June 28, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, People, Word Play.
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Wikipedia ~ Hammer Throw (in Public Domain)

My great-grandmother lived in the Scottish Highlands.

Her son, my maternal grandfather,  emigrated to the US in his 20′s.

There, he met and married my grandmother.  My mother resulted from their union.

Like many Highlanders who climb the hills, my great-grandmother remained agile and spry well into her 90′s.

During a visit in autumn, my grandfather walked into her kitchen one morning and started shivering.

As he rubbed his arms to warm up, my great-grandmother snorted in disgust, jumped up on the counter, and slammed down the window.

Turning to my grandfather, and using her strongest Scottish brogue, she declared:

Och, ye damn yankees . . . ye cannae stan a wee bit of fresh aire!

What a bonnie highlander!

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