are so many great kid movies that have amused and entertained me that I
could highlight one in a blog every week.Â The last one that I really loved was, "Despicable Me."Â Ironically, I skipped it when it came out because I didn't like the title.Â Title are everything.Â That's true of movies, books and blogs.Â
In that movie there are three little girls who are just adorable.Â The youngest is Agnes.Â Anges
is bigger than life.Â During the early part of the girl's meeting with
Gru, theÂ criminal mastermind, Gru is telling them all the things they
can't do that annoy him.Â Then, Agnes, in one of the classic lines in the movie asks, "Does this count as annoying?"Â And, she does her cheek popping routine.Â It is precious.Â Â
That brings me to my topic.Â What's annoying to you?Â He's some of my list:
- Being put on hold for extremely long periods of time.
People who pass the buck.Â Suck it up and take responsibility for yourself.
- Slow drivers in the passing lane.
Politicians who have a sliding scale for honesty, integrity and morality.Â Nuff said.
Receiving bad checks.Â I
received one last week from a restaurant owner.Â I could have bought
him for a dollar when he came in and saw me sitting at the first
table.Â I got my money in cash, and then some.Â I will camp out at a
People who lie to me.Â Especially those who lie to me face to face.Â That's the kiss of death in my world.
Rude public service employees.Â Really?Â Don't you know who pays your check?
Arrogance, condescension, running people down.Â I put those together because they are all flaws in character.
You live in the greatest country in the world.Â There is no reason for
a bad attitude.Â Travel overseas with me Sparky, and you will kiss the
ground when you get back here.
- Settling for the status quo.Â
Poor customer service. There is no excuse for not responding to your customers.Â
Clouds with no rain, and I'm talking about people here.Â Always promising and never delivering.Â
list could go on forever, and I'm sure you have your own, but I also
have a list of things that delight me and things that I cherish, such
- Integrity, honesty and morality.
Friends who will drown with you.Â A rare, but cherished commodity.
- People who do what they say, and you don't have to check up on them.
- Products or services that surprise you with more than they promise.
Colleagues who are professional, and fun.Â A true gift!
- A positive attitude.
An enthusiastic person can inspire others in so many ways.Â This is one
of those things that requires a certain amount of knowledge and wisdom
included with enthusiasm.Â Otherwise, you can end up with a Darwin
award.Â You don't want to go there.
A sense of safety and security.Â You can't buy that.
Hope.Â Â Hope is a constant expectation of good things.Â We need that.
Second chances.Â Everybody needs to know that life is full of opportunities for second chances.Â If you need one, take it!
Laughter.Â This is one of the reasons I enjoy Anges so much.Â She makes me laugh.
you get the idea, and I'm sure you have your list.Â Let me give you a
quick exercise.Â Write your cherished things down on small slips of
paper and put them in a cookie jar.Â When you're feeling really
annoyed, pull one out.Â Read it and reflect.Â Life is good.Â Â Don't let the things that annoy you outweigh the things that delight you.