Our diversity is one of the things that makes our Country such a great place. We come from many different backgrounds, whether we were born and raised in this Country or in another. Our experiences, our ideas, our skills and everything that makes us who we are adds a tremendous depth and breadth to who we are as a people.
This is NOT a political post. (Yep, I could see that look of “oh lord, where the heck is he going with this. ) No, right now I’m thinking about how all that coolness just stated also comes with a little teeny, weeny, itsy, bitsy glitch.
plural noun: pet peeves
something that a particular person finds especially annoying.
“one of my biggest pet peeves is poor customer service”
To each of us, our particular pet peeve makes perfect sense. Most of the time, pet peeves are just little things that annoy us. It could be anything – someone walks by and doesn’t acknowledge our exceedingly cute dog, or maybe someone spits in the road, or someone doesn’t pick up after their pet, or they sneeze into their hand, not their elbow, or they come in to work when they are obviously sick, or they wait too long at the drive through after they get their order, or they order too much stuff in the drive through, or they have too much stuff in the 10 items or less lane … or a bazillion other simple, stupid little things that are annoying if it’s someone else doing it. I’ve started to really get annoyed by those stupid automated “customer service” recordings you get when you dial in for just about anything these days – OH I HATE waiting to talk to a person and a stupid recording asking me a million STUPID questions that they never get into the record so I have to answer them all over again when a human picks up the phone. ARGH!!!
I’m also kind of nuts about the incessant texting ever since the text message got its start in the early ’90s. It seems like the ability to speak, or worse, to write whole thoughts out is becoming more and more difficult for people. For years we’ve all heard about how silly it is for 2 people to be texting each other or other people during a meal at a Restaurant, but by golly, everyone still does it!
Another thing that tends to drive me nuts is when my wife or kids talk “baby talk” or whatever it is to the stupid cats in the house. OR call themselves it’s mommy, or me it’s daddy… I’M NOT THE STUPID CAT’S DADDY!
Regardless of what our specific Pet Peeves are, they can actually be the little bits of sand in the works that will cause just enough friction to slow things down. They usually aren’t enough to bring things to a grinding halt, but if left unchecked, they can eventually cause problems. And at some point, we may find that it’s shocking to us that anyone wouldn’t see exactly the same thing that we do – whatever it is, and our thoughts drift to the idea that whatever is annoying us is just plain messed up, and whoever does it shouldn’t do it, and if they are doing it, they’re just plain inconsiderate.
Which may or may not be the case. In some cases, someone really is doing something that’s just messed up. Coming in to the office sick IS inconsiderate. Pouring chemicals down a storm sewer IS illegal and morally wrong – it damages the environment. My brother used to laugh at me because I got mad when I saw trash on the side of the road, because his logic was, “in a few months that will most likely disintegrate. If you take it to the dump in a plastic bag it’ll be around for centuries.” I almost smacked him.
MOST people agree that throwing trash out the window DOES detract from the visual appeal, so while it may be a pet peeve, it’s a common one. There are many things that the community in general considers annoying, or wrong, and that’s the key. If it’s something that 1 or 2 people find annoying, it’s a pet peeve. If the community finds it annoying, it may really be a problem.
And there’s the tight-rope for the Board – figuring out which pet peeve is a community concern, and which one is a natural, individual, egocentricity. That’s why we really do want the community to be involved – remember that whatever happens, SOMEBODY is upset with the Board. But we try to make sure that the needs and the issues of the Community are being addressed, while still hearing and taking into account the voices and concerns of individuals.
In my experience, it’s most often best to approach things from a moderate perspective – what’s really important… what adds real value, what improves relationships, what builds the fiber of the community, what makes everyone feel better about themselves and their neighbors… those are things to focus on.
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