Please answer the following QUIZ truthfully.
When someone cuts me off in traffic I usually:
A.) Yell obscenities at them and then blaspheme their children
B.) Follow them too closely and try to cut them off as well
C.) Figure I deserve it because I’m such a bad driver
D.) Hope they make it to a bathroom stall before it’s too late
If an associate or friend says something rude to me I will most always:
A.) Come back with a quick, witty, mean-spirited retort
B.) Mutter under my breath, but keep smiling, while planning revenge
C.) Try to think of ways I can change so they will like me better
D.) Wonder if they’re seeing a therapist for anger management
A friend fails to answer my text or phone message or email after repeated attempts, I will:
A.) Delete them from my contact list and refuse to respond if they try to contact me
B.) Remember all the times they’ve ignored or slighted me in the past, then simmer and fume
C.) Figure I’ve done something to offend them and think of ways to make it up to them
D.) Wonder how soon they’ll have their technology up and running again
A blogger posts a silly quiz on the internet with results I don’t agree with, I proceed to:
A.) Post a comment that lets them know what genus and species I think they belong in
B.) Create my own silly quiz that makes fun of their silly quiz
C.) Take the results to heart and begin a regime of self-improvement
D.) Keep following their blog, assuming they were having a writer’s block sort of day
Now add up how many questions you answered A, B, C, or D
If you answered mostly A.)
I hope we never meet in a dark alley, or a lighted one for that matter. Why do you want to jump to the worst conclusion about people? I know traffic isn’t a fun place to find yourself day in and day out. I’ve spent more time than I’m willing to admit stuck behind silliness, squeezed into two lanes from four, and mystified by the rudeness and poor vision of others. I’ve also worked with my share of dweebs and space cadets. It could be very, very helpful to you if you decide that others’ lack of skill and finesse isn’t going to determine how your day goes. In other words, RELAX a little bit. Loosen your grip on that steering wheel, pop in some chill tunes, think happy thoughts and go with the flow. You’ll get where you’re going eventually. And if you don’t, you’ll at least not be quite so irritable or isolated.
If you answered mostly B.)
You might want to consider adding some sugar to your diet and an extra hour to your sleep. Seriously?!? Do you even like your life? If it’s all about revenge and retorts and one-upping the other guy how fun can things be? I hate to burst your bubble, but there is no one keeping score anywhere! Surprised? No matter how many people you put down, criticize, back stab or plot against, your life isn’t going to be better because of it. In fact, it’s possible you’ll have a really lonely and horrific life, one in which people avoid you and don’t invite you along for the ride. You need to watch more 40’s and 50’s musicals and some Jerry Lewis movies. Laugh a little more. Curse a little less. Try on a smile.
If you answered mostly C.)
Lighten up on yourself and read more limericks, jokes and humorous blogs. You take life way too seriously. Really. I know it is a serious business and there are important things to deal with. Other people’s opinions about you ARE NOT one of those important things. Even if you are a politician, which I hope you aren’t, other people’s opinions of your aren’t real, or important. Be nicer to yourself. You’re a great person with all kinds of wonderful going on. You ought to admit it. Look in the mirror every day and say in your most sultry voice, “Hi there, beautiful!” If nothing else it’ll make you smile or laugh. And heaven knows we could all use more laughter in our lives.
If you answered mostly D.)
Fill out the application for sainthood and prepare to be translated into a higher form of life. Really, you need to be writing this blog for me. It’s a wondrous thing to assume the best, rather than the opposite. Optimism and cheerfulness are in short supply. It’s nice that you’re setting the example for the rest of us curmudgeons. Hopefully some of your good will can rub off, or radiate or jump start some of us into a better place. Thanks for sharing your bits of sunshine.
If your answers were even between A, B, C, D you might want to schedule an appointment really soon with a massage therapist, a travel agent, your banker or your broker and a lawyer. I’m not sure what it means and am not in the least qualified to give you any advice at all.
However, I could give you my standard answer for most problems that arise. It’s worked on more occasions than I can count.
Eat something healthy and delicious.
Drink an extra glass or two of water.
Take a nice long nap, and then go to bed early tonight.
Eat some good chocolate (very crucial).
Last of all you need to know that everything is going to be all right.