“How many times have you been on the freeway and had someone fly by you at 100 mph then end up two cars ahead of you at the off ramp? What’s the point?”
Ahh, that amazing feeling when you jumped ahead of a few others and made it to the front of the line without really earning it. Did you have a real sense of accomplishment? We know you were the same one who jumped line in 1st grade because you were so immature, such a baby.
Somewhere along the way, you learned that to get your own way, you bullied others. Pushing and forcing a path for yourself, others are just in this world for you to measure your level of conquest. Every person you meet, there is a singular thought. “I must break you”.
Blaming it on your mother or father sounds like a good excuse, and it makes a lot of money for psychiatrists, but ultimately your decision to dominate is your own aggression against people who never wronged you at all. It’s just as wrong as it was when you were the victim.
It’s time to grow up. It’s wrong, and one of these days you will do it to the wrong person. They will come down on you so hard it will be like your childhood all over again. This time, however, you won’t be able to act like you don’t understand why you have been victimized. That aggressor is just you, only stronger and more violent. And you have just met yourself a little further in the cycle of violence than you are right now.
Stop being the bully. Get help if you must, but just stop the bullying. There are many in the world who can’t believe how much of a lowly uneducated thug you are. No matter how smart you think you are, it’s obvious that self control is the one thing that separates us from the beasts. After you are gone, that legacy of careless carnage and destruction will live on…..
Links to info about Mark Harmon and the subject of bullying with be included in the show notes at daggersofthemind.com.
Margaret Thatcher, prime Minister of The United Kingdom, 1979 – 1990
“Power is like being a lady… if you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.”
Isn’t it fun to be stuck somewhere listening to someone boast about themselves? If you are detained long enough, you may get their entire life story, hearing how they were influential in all the amazing events of the world. When you hear that they probably assisted in the creation of the earth, it may be time to throw in a large amount of salt.
The phrase “take it with a grain of salt” is very timely in this case since you can’t accept boasting as truth in its original state. Salt alters the taste of food and makes it more palatable.
The very act of bragging about one’s accomplishments shows that the person feels inadequate about the situation and must embellish it to seem more important than they really were at the time.
Hey, why not just become a better person and then others will notice and boast about you instead of having to do your own sales job?
One way to get this started is to obviously live your life in such a manner that others will WANT to speak well of you. Second, find good things to say about others. I don’t mean fluffy, insincere praise, I mean promote others in a truthful way that helps them in their own journey of life.
As you concentrate on that task, you will be surprised to find later how many people are speaking well of you! It is natural to feel warm feelings for someone who has supported you in full view of others. Diverting your attention from yourself not only stops your boasting tendencies that others hate to listen to, but it increases your integrity in their eyes.
Soon you will find that you actually ARE praiseworthy, and others will return the favor in spades. Don’t say what you wish you were, BECOME what you want to be.
“When boasting ends, there dignity begins.”
Owen D. Young
A link to a Values for Life!! Blog article on this subject will be included in the show notes.
Margaret Thatcher on Wikipedia
Margaret Thatcher Foundation