It has been suggested to me from my sometimes wise oldest daughter, that based on an accumulation of events, I might be being challenged in a supernatural way. I had actually thought this as well, but shrugged it off. The challenge I might have been given is how am I going to start handling people who are extremely rude, way off base, you name it. What I usually do is stand up for myself and give it right back. It feels pretty good, even RIGHT, at least temporarily. What I don't want to become is a pushover. So how do you balance the two? How do you confront someone who's being a jerk without compromising your integrity? How do you let someone have it in a dignified manner?
I had another encounter with an asshole recently, this time at a grocery store. I'll skip the details but will just say that I was shocked and confused.
I'm a little on edge around strangers right now, at least until I get this figured out.
The obvious does not escape me. I realize that by sharing my stories of encounters with rude people, it starts to look like I'm the one causing these things to happen. But I have Alan as my witness who says I'm not doing anything to instigate matters. And Alan is as good a personal reference as any.