Friday, April 22, 2011

Patience, do you have it?

A friend and coworker recently invited me to join Plinky, a website that offers a daily question for users. I joined and promptly forgot about it. That is until today. Earlier I received the weekly compilation of all questions and there was one that caught my eye right away.

With three kids, a husband, a full time job and just life in general you would think that patience was something I would have long since learned and mastered. And I have to say that I AM rather good at it. For the most part. Then there are days like today when two out of three kids are not feeling good and are whining constantly (but refuse to nap) and my patience goes out of the window.

But here is my list of three things that I have absolutely no patience for.

1. Stupid/ignorant people. People that refuse to learn from their past actions/mistakes and insist on remaining ignorant. I have no issue with people that for whatever reason have difficulties with this but if a person CHOOSES to not learn, chooses to remain racist/homophobic/prejudiced in general then I have an extremely difficult time remaining patient and will in general remove myself from whatever the situation might be.

2. Ignorance as a whole. This goes along with the first point. Willful ignorance drives me nuts. If someone chooses to maintain their position despite being presented with evidence that their logic/thinking is flawed then I have no patience for them. This certainly includes issues like mental health, an issue that obviously is near and dear to my heart.

3. Injustice. This is something L and I have had numerous discussions about. I have no problem addressing a person I find to be committing an act of injustice (be it in person or online). L on the other hand hates confrontation and at times would prefer I held back.

As I started writing this I asked him what he thought I should choose for the three talking points. He knows me so well that he got all three of them right on the first try.

What would your list look like?

1 comment:

Melissa said...

I think my list is probably similar to yours, but here goes.

1. Close minded people – I have no patience for people who think they know everything, and are unwilling to learn from or listen to anyone else.

2. Self absorbed people – I have no patience for people who are so self-absorbed that they cannot empathize or sympathize with their fellow human beings.

3. Bullies – I have no patience for people who think it is okay to bully others, either verbally or physically.

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