January 30, 2010

Life Lesson?

Have you ever been in a public place and had a conversation in your head with yourself that goes something like this:

"Hmmm... should I pick up that National Enquirer? Maybe they have some celebrity cellulite pictures in there that will make me feel better... Ugh, why do the kids always have to grab everything off of these-"

"ACH-OOO!!"

"That lady behind me just sneezed. I should say, 'Bless you'... but what if she is satanic and doesn't appreciate being blessed?... Is it normal to bless strangers? I would appreciate it if a stranger said 'bless you' to me, but I'm not satanic.... Maybe if she is satanic and I say 'bless you', she would cry and fall down, like on those shows where the preacher walks around hitting people in the head, and they collapse on the ground. That might be kind of weird, though, in the grocery store... I guess I could just say it and hope it all goes well. She really doesn't look satanic anyway. Satanists don't generally wear flowery shirts and pretty earrings. At least not the satanists that I've seen.... I guess maybe I should just take the chance and say it, and maybe.... well darn, it's been 2 minutes since she sneezed. It wouldn't really be appropriate to say, 'Bless you!' to someone 2 minutes after they sneeze. I don't think the "better late than never" rule would apply to this situation. Oh well... next time."

Either you have this happen in your head, too, or you think I'm insane.

And for the record, because people on the net are sometimes overly sensitive, I do know the difference between Atheists and Satanists, and I'm not implying that un-religious people are evil. This was an officially recorded conversation in my head, and as much as I'd like to, I cannot control what runs through it most of the time.

So anyway... on to my point...

The previous situation happens all too often to me, and I assume to others as well. We over-think, we assume, and we don't follow our instincts. I am a polite person, so what the heck is my problem? Obviously the sneezing example could be applied elsewhere... such as when someone drops something and you pretend you don't notice because you can't decide whether to help them or not.

Like I said... WHAT IS MY PROBLEM?

I am here to say that I am on the road to recovery for my lack of decisive politeness.

Last night while we were checking out at the grocery store, there was an older lady standing behind us.

She sneezed.

I hesitated. Then I mentally smacked myself in the face, and said,

"Bless you!"

She did not cry, fall over, or throw food at me.

She smiled, and said, "Thank you!"

Whew. Lesson learned.

14 comments:

Stephanie said...

Oh my I overthink EVERYTHING!!!! It's pitiful-that's where alot of my panic and anxiety comes from.

Love how you put it aside and just spoke up! Cute!

Monica said...

Um, no. You're not alone.

amanda said...

i have thought all those things. and then realize...who cares,and say it anyways! :0)

jennohara said...

Oh yeah, I`ve thought those things too

Summer said...

You are too funny....

I never over think BEFORE I say something, it's mostly after. =)

Love the new design!!! =)

Bridgett said...

Haha! I know for me, even though I'm not Christian, I certainly don't mind and even appreciate when people say 'Bless you,' to me.

I know they're just being polite and since their intentions are good, I'm totally fine with it.

We say, "Goddess bless" when folks sneeze around here. :)

Kaileigh said...

I'm an over thinker too. Except my mental dialogues usually are me regretting something I've said or wondering if it sounded stupid, etc etc.

Summer said...

You are sooo funny! LOL!! You are not alone girly! I over think EVERYTHING!!

Summer :0)

Kristine said...

Lmao! Good lesson ;-)

xoxo, Kate said...

hahaha I never thought of that!!! I just say it!!!!

Brandi said...

I am the queen of over analyzing. I do this all the time and, like you mentioned, when you're done 'talking to yourself' the moment is over. I've got to work on this too. ;)

Holly said...

Haha! I so have conversations in my head that make me think 'what the heck!?'

JC said...

I would hope any person would want to be blessed. I've been trying to say God bless you more because that is what I think I grew up around. These days, it is common for people to leave Him out of everything though. Anyways, a little blessin' never hurt anyone!!! Thanks for sharing those inside thoughts....I don't think I could ever post mine on my main blog. Maybe the private one if I weeded a few people off. :)

Anonymous said...

if you think thats bad:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bystander_effect#case_of_kitty_genovese

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