Living With Other People is An Art

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 15:  Joanna perfor...
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 15: Joanna performs during the Miss Pole Dance Australia 2010 final at the Enmore Theatre on October 15, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. Professional pole dance athletes from around the country descended on Sydney to showcase their skill and agility in a competition for the national title. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

Thus the words of my second child.  I have to agree because art is also an exercise of human skill.  Living with other people requires human skill.

With annoying kinspersons, for example, one needs the skill to be extra patient.  A nasty word equals silence from the receiver, or a mellow response. You will notice that the antagonist backs out and realizes that he or she is the one at fault.  If one is lucky enough, a lesson is learned.

With a serious braggart who competes for attention, or fame, or favor, one needs the skill to be perfectly still, and a consistency to ignore the urge to lash back, or compete.  The last person to brag always has the edge but why stoop down the level?

I am sure that I am, son included, not alone in the struggles with people we deal with on a daily basis.  This is a diverse group with diverse motives, background, education, influences, etc., therefore, it is not easy, and it requires skill.  If mastered, living with all these people becomes an art.

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