Does This Count As Annoying?

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There are so many great kid movies that have amused and entertained me that I could highlight one in a blog every week.  The last one that I really loved was, "Despicable Me."  Ironically, I skipped it when it came out because I didn't like the title.  Titles are everything.  That's true of movies, books and blogs. 

In that movie, there are three little girls who are just adorable.  The youngest, is AgnesAnges is bigger than life.  During the early part of the girl's meeting with Gru, the  criminal mastermind, Gru is telling them all the things they can't do that annoy him.  Then, Agnes, in one of the classic lines in the movie asks, "Does this count as annoying?"  And, she does her cheek popping routine.  It is precious.  

That brings me to my topic.  What's annoying to you?  He's some of my list:

  • Being put on hold for extremely long periods of time.
  • People who pass the buck.  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.  'Nuff said.
  • Receiving bad checks.  I received one last week from a restaurant owner.  I could have bought him for a dollar when he came in and saw me sitting at the first table.  I got my money in cash, and then some.  I will camp out at a business forever. 
  • People who lie to me.  Especially those who lie to me face to face.  That's the kiss of death in my world.
  • Whining.  Just say, "No" to whining.
  • Rude public service employees.  Really?  Don't you know who pays your check?
  • Arrogance, condescension, running people down.  I put those together because they are all flaws in character.
  • Bad attitudes.  You live in the greatest country in the world.  There is no reason for a bad attitude.  Travel overseas with me Sparky, and you will kiss the ground when you get back here.
  • Settling for the status quo. 
  • Poor customer service. There is no excuse for not responding to your customers. 
  • Clouds with no rain, and I'm talking about people here.  Always promising and never delivering. 

The 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 as:

  • Family
  • Integrity, honesty and morality.
  • Friends who will drown with youA 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.  A true gift!
  • A positive attitude.
  • Enthusiasm.  An enthusiastic person can inspire others in so many ways.  This is one of those things that requires a certain amount of knowledge and wisdom mixed with enthusiasm.  Otherwise, you can end up with a Darwin Award.  You don't want to go there.
  • A sense of safety and security.  You can't buy that.
  • Hope.   Hope is a constant expectation of good things.  We need that.
  • Second chances.  Everybody needs to know that life is full of opportunities for second chances.  If you need one, take it!
  • Laughter.  This is one of the reasons I enjoy Agnes so much.  She makes me laugh.  I love being around people who are clever, witty and have a great sense of humor.  It is medicine for the soul.

Again, you get the idea, and I'm sure you have your list.  Let me give you a quick exercise.  Write your cherished things down on small slips of paper and put them in a cookie jar.  When you're feeling really annoyed, randomly pull one out.  Read it and reflect.  Life is good.  Don't let the things that annoy you outweigh the things that delight you.

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Sharon Lord
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Mike - I have a lot of the same annoyances!  I would like to add "Having a tip jar at a counter" - like at Starbucks, Pei Wei, etc - *I* walked up here, told you what I wanted, and all you did was push a few buttons to charge me $5 for 20 cents of coffee.  This is NOT tip-worthy!

As a fairly-new stepmom, I've had to sit through some horrible kids' movies; "Despicable Me" has been, by far, the best!  "It's so fluffy....!".

Aug 16, 2011 04:24 PM #1
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I love Anges, Sharon.  Way too funny!

Aug 16, 2011 04:26 PM #2
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It's a good list.  I have a few of my own and you touched on them as well.  Good Job.

Aug 16, 2011 04:29 PM #3
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My list of annoying things will be endless but excellent advice on the Cookie Jar tip.

Aug 16, 2011 04:29 PM #4
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Thanks for dropping by, Rose Mary.  Have a great day!

Great, Gabrielle.  It's a sanity defense!!

Aug 16, 2011 04:36 PM #5
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Lava Laure McElwee
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I loved that movie. Didn't see it in the theaters but on Christmas with my family. Those little girs in the movie were precious.

Aug 16, 2011 05:21 PM #6
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Laure, I did too.  Too funny!!

Aug 16, 2011 06:00 PM #7
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Active Rain would have to shut down if I recorded my list. The list itself is annoying!

Aug 17, 2011 09:57 AM #8
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You did hit on a lot of things that annoy me....and I agree with Sharon in the first post...the tip jar at a fast food restaurant, or coffee shop,  where very little service is provided and the employees are making an hourly wage.

Aug 17, 2011 10:00 AM #9
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Glad you ended with valuable things after the annoyances. End on a postive note! There was a saying I saw yesterday on a church sign - Whinners never win and Winners never whine.  God said so.

Aug 17, 2011 10:05 AM #10
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Too funny, Terri.  I'm sure if we all put our full list out there it would be censured. 

Dittos, Debbie.

Good saying, Lyn.  I like that!

Aug 17, 2011 10:09 AM #11
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All of the above.  I could have written this post Mike..............LOL.  Good stuff!

Aug 17, 2011 10:11 AM #12
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Thanks, Roger.  I was asking my cycling class this mornig about their annoying things and they had a great list too.  This could be a series.  8-)

Aug 17, 2011 10:19 AM #13
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And a great series too Mike................do it!

Aug 17, 2011 11:18 AM #14
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Mike.. You hit all the obvious ones the crawl under my skin.  The good in the world far outweighs the bad but attitude is everything!

Aug 17, 2011 12:32 PM #15
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You bet, John. 

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I bet you sighed in relief after writing this one. What a great way to connect .... by being yourself. I truly enjoy reading your posts. ~ Jennifer the IHI Home Inspections Girl

Aug 18, 2011 10:33 AM #17
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Thanks, Jennifer.  We don't see female home inspectors up here.  That would definitely be a niche in this area.

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