They frustrate me on occasion. Especially when they are either inconsiderate, unintelligent, or uninformed.
When its a combination of all three … well, you get the picture.
I had a lovely opportunity this afternoon to work on my patience. I’m not sure how well I did.
I sit down in my geography class, a rather large class in a lecture hall. I’m sitting next to a friend on my right and on my left is a couple leaning close and intertwining fingers. (Note: I am not complaining about their PDA – certain measures, including handholding is acceptable, even in class – as long as its not across isles. ) The thing about these two is I’m not sure they had any concept of sound levels. They spent the first half of class talking so loudly we could all hear their personal conversations clearly, significantly more clearly than the words of the professor masked by their gossip and giggles.
A few snippets of the conversation:
“As in Ghana, South America or Ghana, Africa?”
When the class was discussing foreign aid in disasters:
“I just don’t see the benefit of hygiene kits … I mean I guess they get to brush their teeth and clean themselves but I just don’t get how thats useful.”
At this point I was very tempted to turn to him and say ‘ despite your lack of understanding of the importance in good personal hygiene in preventing disease, I’d like to be able to hear the professor’ …the problem was I couldn’t come up with a nicer way to say it.
new goal: be patient with people