ON MY MIND: ‘Clouds, karma and stayin’ calm’

On My Mind | Maureen Burns

I hear funny things and just want to share them. I heard recently that Anthony Weiner should be married to Judge Judy or Joy Behar. I loved that! It relates to nothing I will say in this column, but I hope it gives you a laugh.

My friend, Kean, shared with me that when a hockey player gets irritated, their way of handling it is to beat the heck out of the other person and then take a five minute break. Well, that could be an option. I mean really, don’t some people just bug ya?

I was going to Greenville Chiropractic the other day to see Dr. Matt DeKraker. I was going the speed limit and then slowed down, put my blinker on and turned into their driveway. As I did this, the car behind me almost rear-ended me. The guy jerked his car around me and as he took off he glared at me and gave me the finger. You know which one.

I thought it over. I don’t think I did anything wrong. I gave him lots of warning. Could it be he was just a jerk?

That incident came to mind when my daughter shared this quote with me. “Some people just need a high five. In the face. With a chair.” Hmm. Not my usual way to handle things, but I certainly see how it could be effective.

In a similar auto encounter, I recently had my two grandsons in the car with me. A young mom with a car full of little kids passed me. She also didn’t like something I had done. I have no clue what it was. Once again, I am quite sure I was in the right. Hmm, could that be the problem? I really think not. I have made lots of driving errors. These two situations just didn’t seem to be wrong from my perspective. The young mom pulled around me, and with windows down, yelled at me. I am not sure what the message was. I am pretty sure it began with the letter F. I am also sure my grandsons and her car full of kids didn’t need to hear it. Nor did the situation call for that response.

There is a prayer that can help us in times like these. “Dear God. Please put your arm over my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.” Who hasn’t needed that prayer!

It is a sad part of life that you can go along having a happy day and someone can bring your spirits down just like that. They are like mental halitosis. If we’re not careful, their bad behavior and attitude can be contagious.

We sat at my grandson’s football game the other day. It was hot, but when clouds came out, it got chilly and dark. Many nasty people are just like clouds. Once they’re gone, it’s a beautiful day again. If we can remember to just wait it out and have hope.

It is also amazing that many people who try to ruin our day with their bad behaviors and comments are strangers. We don’t even know them. They’re busy spreading their caca all over the world. We just happen to catch their wrath if we get in their path.

I will close with two more great quotes my daughter shared with me. They seem to wrap these thoughts up nicely. “Always be kinder than you feel.” And, “Keep calm and let Karma finish it.” Yeah, baby. These are words of wisdom, for sure. Now I just need to remember them when I need them.

Maureen Burns, a Greenville resident, is a professional speaker and author. Her e-mail address is maureenburns@maureenburns.com.

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