When I was growing up my Grandpa had several little sayings that have stuck with me to this day. The biggie is the one that popped into my head as soon as I discovered the GBE2 challenge prompt this week. He always used to say “Keep it simple stupid.” It pretty much says it all, doesn’t it? Another classic saying he said constantly was “Assume nothing, when you assume you make an a$$ out of you and me”. You tie those two together and you have excellent rules to live by.
I keep things pretty simple in life. I mind my own business and avoid those complicated people who I have found from experience are just a nightmare waiting to happen. You can’t make these folks happy no matter what you do. No matter what you say to them, they will twist your words and create major chaos in your world. They can’t be trusted and you can’t take anything they say as gospel. There is always an underlying motive behind everything they do. Even if you try to avoid them at all costs they will come looking for you eventually to see if they can throw a monkey wrench in the works or pi$$ on your parade. For the record I HATE people like this. In my opinion, someone should truly stop the world and let them off. They make my brain tired.
After a while you live and learn. You learn to assume nothing, and to keep things simple. You get up every day, do your thing, mind your own business, keep to yourself, and celebrate your life leaving the time bombs to their own devices. It sucks when you happen to be related to people like this. I have found isolation and avoidance is the key to survival.
At some point everyone comes across folks who think that if they explain something with all the technical mumbo jumbo they are being extremely impressive. The next time you do this, stop! Look around at your audience! If they have a deer in the headlight look on their face and are gazing around in all directions, cut to the chase! State your case, because your audience is about to bolt! If you keep it simple, it is more than likely no matter who it is you are talking to from your husband to your 6 year old…you will get your point across before they tune you out.
Over the years I have discovered that life is all about choices. I have chosen to simplify my life and cut out the people that get their jollies out of torturing me and making my life a hell on earth. Life marches along quite nicely without them. I am happier. I really don’t need the chaos. Life is simply too short to deal with people who make you miserable. There are still those times when I have no choice but to rub elbows with them. At that point I take Grandpa’s advice. I keep it simple, roll my eyes, assuming nothing, and count the minutes until I can escape until next time when I give you another glimpse into the life of a trucker’s wife.