Desiderata Days ~ Protect

Everyone of us has experienced a town cryer or two in our lives. They shout out at the most inopportune moments. While I spoke of tolerance in yesterday’s post, we must also protect ourselves from physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual harm.

Max Ehrmann says:

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.

Sometimes the most softly spoken words are heard the loudest. How do you deal with vexatious people?


  1. Pamela Brushwood

    March 27, 2010 at 11:47 am

    Usually (and fortunately) the only loud people I encounter are little precious souls…and if I can’t get their attention by whispering (which works most of the time), I use my “redneck” whistle. Then we play a game called dance and freeze! Works every time! Often thought it would be wonderful if it worked with loud adults.

    1. powerofslow

      March 27, 2010 at 1:35 pm

      What a great idea to whisper! It sometimes works on my kids, although when they see Mom’s mouth moving, they usually put on the ‘in-one-ear-out-the-other’ face. Maybe I should just move my lips without sound and see what they do!   Glad there aren’t many loud adults in your life! 🙂  

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