I was recently in a drugstore attempting to check-out, and I was verbally accosted by an owner because of her dissatisfaction with the association’s holiday lighting! She began shouting that I was to “go over there, and buy those icicle lights”! “Ms. Hobbs, we discussed this at the office and the Board has declined to change the lights”, I replied.

“I don’t give a d@*% what they told you!” she screamed, red-faced and by now… and spit-talking. The cashier looked at me, and then I went to my happy place. You see, I have an impenetrable, invisible force field that I erect when dealing with such people. It’s a gift, or a curse, but I just smile as I watch them behave badly. I say (in my head; to the tune of M.C. Hammer’s recording) you can’t touch this! My lack of response is maddening and eventually they simply go away, and I get back to whatever I was doing.

Upon the next arrival at the office, I make it clear to the board president that this behavior is unacceptable, and I request they call the owner to reinforce the rules of common courtesy and decency in polite society, and then…. I just shake it off (like dust or dandruff). People can only hurt you if you allow them to. You can’t touch this (the real me is reserved for people I love).

Endeavor to persevere.

About Tanoa

hellotanoa-bbl-headshot-blueTanoa Lynne Poirier is the Managing Principal at Poirier Enterprises Inc., specializing in the management of community associations, commercial and investment properties, and individual residences in South Florida.

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