“Wit is a sword; it is meant to make people feel the point as well as see it.” - G.K. Chesterton
Today I decided to damage a relationship.
I poked fun at an off-limits subject area, in a public way, without thinking much about how she'd react. I should have known better, but I only thought of how I would react if the tables were turned. And naturally, because she and I have just about completely opposite personality profiles, she did not react the way I would have reacted. To put it mildly, she was highly ticked off. And I don't blame her. It was a pot shot couched in a joke. And the grain of truth it may have contained didn't help matters any.
“There are only two kinds of people, those who accept dogmas and know it, and those who accept dogmas and don’t know it.” ~GK Chesterton
There was a time I would have reacted the same way. But thank God for my husband and his boisterous, roughneck family. They have helped this little duck oil her feathers so the water rolls right off. At least, it does most of the time. I'm a lot slower to rise to the bait than I was when I was younger, though I am still plenty gullible I have to admit.
Sometimes I wonder if the Golden Rule should have an addendum. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you *if you were them.*
Well, that's enough about it. I don't feel the need to air this dirty laundry any more than that. Let's just leave it with the fact that I am not content to just "be myself", but to grow and to become a better version of me. And even when the lessons are painful, I am grateful for them.