I’m nice, I swear!

Dear Stranger

I doubt you could count the number of people you come into contact with every day. You would like to believe that they are all good honest people trying to make the best out of life BUT you would have to agree that even a saint can be driven to madness.

I genuinely like to think I’m a nice person(well at least 70% of the time). I could list the number of things that can set me off, but when people invade my personal space, it has the ability to bring out the absolute worst in me. Please do not misunderstand me, it’s not about to be a situation every time. However I’m talking about times when I am, for example, standing in line at the grocery store and I feel a strangers hands in my hair, or when I am out with my friends and man feels the most appropriate way to get my attention is to grab me and hold me hostage rather than simply saying hello(I may be old school but I believe in verbalizing your intentions).

Even with male friends, especial attached male friends(I don’t have time for that kind of drama), I believe in maintaining boundaries. Yet my stance has been met with scorn on many occasions. I have been called childish, uptight, difficult and that I just need to get over myself. Let me get this straight, it is perfectly normal to go around just touching people with impunity?(that doesn’t sound right). So my polite, “please don’t touch me” translates into touching me more? Then I’m the bad guy because you left your manners and hearing unchecked?

In reality we all have hard lines we would prefer people would not cross and asking anyone to respect them does not have to be followed by a six page essay on why they should. But that’s what it comes down to, respect. The thing is, we are all so busy exercising our rights, that we forget to respect the rights of others. In order for that to happen we have to start living our lives as though our world view goes beyond ourselves.

What are your thoughts? Feel free to leave a comment.

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“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”

Mathew 7: 12

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