Distracted Posting

30 Nov

I know I’m a great listener–it’s one of my gifts. This has the downside of getting sucked into conversations that I don’t want to get into. I honestly enjoy talking to people, but sometimes, I can’t get off a subject that my fellow is really passionate about.

While I’m trying to write this post, my wife is trying to tell me about the latest COVID news. I couldn’t care less. However, she doesn’t have anyone else she can tell about this without kicking off an argument online. So I’m in a no-win scenario where I have to listen while I’m trying to accomplish something else.

I’ve been recently reading a non-fiction book about Chabad, which for those not in the know, are missionary Jews… to other Jews. They get trained at an early age how to do outreach, how to talk to strangers and get them in a conversation, and some do it better than others. However, it was a quote to the opposition to Chabad that struck me the most. To paraphrase, “Our mission is to be inclusive. We can’t use the same tricks as them.”

So when I get in a conversation, I don’t like arguments. I don’t find that enjoyable, so when I talk with people, I will often stay silent when they talk about something that I disagree with… until I come up with a polite way to phrase it. Of course, they might have blown past that point and gone onto bloviating past that.

Of course, I’ve run into the problem that I so often mute myself on so many topics to avoid contention, that I honestly stopped caring about most topics… simply because so many people are so passionate about it. However, when I do get into the rare, civilized discussion, I feel I can enjoy discussing these topics that I have opinions on, but I don’t feel I have to rant about.

Am I alone in this? Do you stand mute simply because everyone else is so loud? Or do I just need to suck it up? Let me know in the comments below!

One Response to “Distracted Posting”

  1. spwilcen November 30, 2020 at 10:31 am #

    Instead, stop caring about hurt feelings and speak your mind. Which includes telling someone passionate about the new lemonade recipe they’ve devised that you really don’t give a fat rat’s pookiss and they need, if not a new life, a new hobby. I DO understand your withdrawal. Several folk on WP I caught on an exceptional day and followed have since shown themselves whiners and ‘woe-is-me” ers. Instead of telling them I don’t give a fat rat’s pookis and hurting their feelings, perhaps even contributing to their next round of mental self-flagellation, I ignore them. Press on with YOUR new lemonade recipe. I understand it’s a good’n.

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