When I saw this statement I said, out loud, "This is me!" I have never put my personal philosophy into words but there it was. Fantastic.
I am pretty easy going, somewhat cynical and a bit impatient with blatant stupidity. I do not have a chip on my shoulder daring someone to knock it off. I do not relish confrontation. I will try to see both sides of anything (that may take awhile) and resolve a problem without rancor or nastiness.
Having said all that, let me say that I will not back down if I am being challenged or mistreated. No person has the right to put their face in mine and spew stupidity. No person has the right to put me down. I deserve and demand respect for my ideas and opinions. I do not force my opinions on anyone out of respect for their thoughts and beliefs.
So many times I have been quiet when in the presence of a person or persons who are talking trash. I would rather walk away than put up with that type of behavior.
I try not to infringe on anyone's beliefs. First, it is none of my business and second, I would rather "walk" than "talk". If you know what I mean.
I was verbally attacked today by a woman who asked me a question about my religion. When I answered (it doesn't really matter what I said) she lit into me like a mad dog. I was truly taken aback. I tried speaking but she kept yelling about hell and damnation. At the point that I had had enough I raised may arm to signal stop and yelled, "SHUTUP!" She actually did. I spoke in a low voice (almost whispering) so she had to listen hard to what I was saying. I said, "Turn around, walk away and never speak to me again. You are a fool and I do not listen to fools!" I believe that the determination, strength and anger in my voice got through to her. She mumbled a bunch of stuff and walked away. I take no shit and I hope you don't either.
Meanwhile .... keep it simple and make it real.