Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Gentle Brush of Water


Our words should be the gentle, constant brush of water over the rock-strewn beaches of human interaction, especially during those moments when we'd rather use a diamond-tipped drill.
For as much as I try to live that way the drill is necessary sometimes. It’s more fun and less of a challenge, too.
What about you?
Do you lean toward gentleness in your interactions or do let ‘em have it?

12 comments:

Hilary said...

Oh a bit of both, of course. Sometimes somewhere in between.. like a water gun. ;) Good thought.

Leah J. Utas said...

A water gun sounds like a fine compromise, Hilary.

the Bag Lady said...

dfLeah - you know me - gentle all the time! hahahahahahahaha

Leah J. Utas said...

df Bag Lady - Yup.

Reb said...

Just caught up. Love the fall colours & I hate being played too.

Of course, I am gentle as long as I can stand to be, if that isn't working I bring out the drill.

Now I am off to visit Sis - a day late.

Leah J. Utas said...

Reb, glad you had a chance to catch up. It's good to have the drill handy.
Hope you have a good trip.

Mark Salinas said...

I need to be more gentle...always on the move! :)

MizFit said...

damn, you have a way with words.
I used to be way too gentle then far too drill'y.

now in that, and all things, Im searching for that elusive happy medium.

tokaiangel said...

My job involves being very gentle and pandering to a lot of egos whilst still getting what I want! Generally I gear my attitude to the person I'm dealing with - what approach will have the required effect on them? I love working out what will work best, I find other people's psyches fascinating.

TA x

Leah J. Utas said...

Mark, at least you're self-aware enough to know it.

Mizfit, thanks for the compliment. The middle ground can be elusive, but I'm sure you'll get there.

TA, knowing your audience is a good way to do it. And I sure agree about the psyche.

WeightingGame said...

gentle when called for, forthright often, in-their-face if need be. Like when the car salesman ignored me but shook my husband's hand? I got pissed and said something. But if my waitress is super slow but slammed with tons of tables, I understand and am not gonna get in her face. I've been there too (oh, IHOP, how I miss thee.)

Leah J. Utas said...

Hello Weightinggame, oh that's nasty with the car salesman. I'd walk away...right to the manager's office and complain about my treatment.