Recently, I met a lady who embodied the title of this post. After my first initial meeting with her I left frustrated. I wanted to give her a second chance in hopes that she was just stressed at the moment. In my second meeting with her I had the same experience. She was short, demanding and snarky.
After my second meeting with her I told my friend that I did not care for her that much. He said, “I didn’t notice that she was that bad.” Later the same day he confessed, “You were right. She is mean!” It made me question what was it about her I did not like? In the process of this I came up with a short list of attributes:
- She demanded help rather than asked for it.
- She talked down to people rather than valuing them as a person.
- She seemed ungrateful by never saying “thank you.”
- She was short with people rather than taking the time to explain.
- She walked around frowning rather than smiling. This is not a crime but it’s easier to get help when you’re smiling
- She interrupted conversations rather than letting others speak.
- She was too opinionated rather than seeking to understand others. Proverbs 18:2 refers to this type of person as a fool.
I’m sure all of us have failed at one point in time like this. However, the key is not to live like this and when you do fail to apologize and own up to your mistakes. Overall, I handled this well because I really wanted to give her a piece of my mind, but Proverbs also says that I would be a fool for doing this!