Saturday, 9 April 2016
There are people who are always miserable and finding faults with everything in sight. Then there are others who think they know everything and are expert on every subject you can name – and they’ll let you know it too! They believe their opinions are always right and should be agreed with by one and all.
In every walk of life, we meet people, customers, clients, colleagues, relatives or neighbours who perhaps don’t fit in with our image of happy interesting characters we’d like to know and be associated with.
In brief, they are annoying – and we tolerate them because … it’s nice to do so I suppose.
OK. Let’s now stop and think.
Behind every annoying boring person there is a story. There is something there in their life, their up-bringing, their background which has made them what they are – or what they are perceived to be.
Maybe they are annoying to us because we have not bothered to delve deeper into who they really are. Their shyness, miserable outlook on life, boring demeanour, or their desire to show-off their knowledge may stem from a need to be heard and appreciated. And we should try our best to understand them.
Let’s now look in the mirror.
How are you perceived by those who know you? Are you annoying yet tolerated with a kind smile? Just as you treat those you find annoying?
More important – is there anything about you which God finds annoying?