We always hear these stories about angry people who vomit venomously over anyone they can grab on to. These are the individuals, who are a tad bit scary in their delivery and aren’t met with much more than the same venom back, unless you are me and completely shocked by the attack. Today, I was the recipient of a harsh, verbal assault.
This individual was the blend of Mr. Magoo meets Jared Fogel of Subway/child porn notoriety. He pulled up beside me and rolled down his window. I complied and greeted him with a smile, thinking he was going to ask for directions. What occurred next provided me with an opportunity that I have never been smart enough to use…….I smiled and kept quiet. The vomit that he was spewing was in regards to where I happened to be parked which was not against any law or harming anyone. I thanked him and smiled while rolling up the window. He screeched his tires and disappeared.
At first, I chuckled. Then I got pissed. Then I got pissed that I was pissed. I was annoyed that his anger, that had nothing to do with me, was affecting me emotionally. At that moment, divinely delivered, I received a text from a friend who had just lost someone close to her which forced me back to reality. This interaction was not important and I will pray for the asshole. Did you honestly think I would get through this without calling him a name? Please, I am better, but have a long way to go.
We have become so complacent that unacceptable behavior is the norm. It is shocking, scary, and a little unsettling, but I don’t have to participate. By not exchanging hateful words, I shut his toxicity down. This world is off centered enough that I must maintain some sort of balance. Plus, he was probably really pissed that I was so polite and smiley. Kill them with kindness, my friends. It has more power than the middle finger.