Getting side tracked

I’ve been told on numerous occasions that I am a People Person.
I am interested in what someone has to say, listen politely if I’m not, and whilst not exactly the Ambassador of Tact, I supposed you could say I am pretty good at deflecting verbal encounters to keep the peace.
defuseSome people may describe this as going off on a tangent, or class it as a fine balancing act.
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But it all comes down to the person you’re with and the actual circumstances.
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At parties or family get-togethers, unless I’ve been requested to piano plonk for the entertainment, I tend to sit on the side-lines and participate in the activities by people watching. I’m the sort of gal who’ll notice when Grannie’s glass or plate is empty, Uncle Johnny needs an ashtray for that horrendous inconsiderate cigar, if someone needs a tissue for a teary moment and can’t find one, or there’s a stack of washing up needing to be done in the kitchen.
I don’t miss much, but normally say little unless engaged in conversation myself, and I have the ears of a bat so don’t whisper behind my back!
batI can usually hold my own in any conversation, but there are certain subjects I find difficult as I either don’t understand them, am out of my depth or I’m afraid, they bore me.
I have my opinions and beliefs, but don’t try to impose them on others, nor do I expect them to bombard me with theirs.

However, there are some people who tend to dwell too much on doom and gloom, and so I turn the tables by getting them to talk about themselves, something they’ve achieved, or generally giving them the opportunity to ‘crow’.
Gone is the negativity, and in its place animated enthusiasm. Works practically every time.

Of course there is always an alternative (just had to throw this in as I LOVE this cartoon)



About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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5 Responses to Getting side tracked

  1. Ritu says:

    Great way to encourage positivity!

  2. That last picture cracked me up!

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