It’s probably a bad thing that I will take a breath every other day and utter “Serenity now!” under my breath. I’m pretty sure my annoyance level with people in general is way too high for someone my age. I really try to be ‘zen’ and let others just ‘be’ as they are without it bothering how I feel but it’s just not working for me these days. The below montage hits way too close to home most of the time…
Take for example my foray into Whole Foods today. I enjoy the selection Whole Foods has to offer – especially the wine and cheese – but must say I don’t enjoy the aloofness a lot of the customers have. At least half of the patrons and some of the staff live in their own little “Whole Foods” world where “getting in and getting out” is not a concept they’re familiar with. When I do my grocery shopping I have a plan – to get all the items I need quickly so I can get home and enjoy my day. A grocery store is not a destination!
A trip to Whole Foods should not cause this much irritation in me but it does. Sometimes I like to think I am an easy-going person but a trip to Whole Foods will prove I am high strung and pay way too much attention to what other people are doing. I am going to make it my mission to go to Whole Foods and stroll with the natives. I will abruptly stop at the Wisconsin cheese sample without glancing over my shoulder to see if anyone is behind me. I will ponder organic peanut butter with no concern as to whether my shopping cart is blocking the aisle. I will stop saying “excuse me” when I need to get by someone… If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.