I travel constantly, so I’m always coming into contact with strangers. (Some stranger than others!) The majority of folks I meet are wonderful — friendly, generous, doing their best to be considerate and productive members of society. However, it’s the 1% who have their heads inserted rectally that make me wonder about our species. Why are some people just so dadgum stupid? To be fair, many who annoy me don’t mean to — they’re oblivious, caught in a fog, going through life on auto-pilot, unaware of the chaos left in their wake. And while I consider it my civic duty to snap these people back to attention, I can forgive a certain amount of absentmindedness. (Societally-induced-ADD comes with the territory these days.)
But something for which I have absolutely no tolerance in my fascist state is the fool who blunders through life, blatantly disregarding everyone around him because he’s the center of the universe — that really special brand of self-important-ego-maniacal-unique-and-precious-snowflake twit who’s convinced that no one else’s needs could possibly be as important as his. Someone that frigging me-absorbed really shouldn’t even be allowed out in public — can we please just pass a bill outlawing these jackasses?
Surprisingly, I’m too polite to dress these emmy-award-winners down in person — so this is my virtual salute to those who clog up the works, get in the way, and make life more difficult than it should be. Since this is an equal-opportunity collection of pet peeves, I invite you to post your own irritations, as well — a little bitching and moaning is actually quite cathartic. (Stop tolerating and start complaining!) Oh, and if you find your habitual behaviors in this list, I might suggest a fundamental re-evaluation of the way you move through the world. One of these days, the rest of us are going to reach the end of our collective societal tether and MAKE you learn how to use that turn signal! The hell with gluttony, sloth, greed, lust, pride, envy, and wrath — I proudly present the 7 deadly sins according to The Church Of Ramona!
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Ramona Creel is an award-winning 15-year veteran organizer and member of the National Association Of Professional Organizers. As well as having birthed “The A-To-Z Of Getting Organized,” Ramona is also the author of “The Professional Organizer’s Bible: A Slightly Irreverent And Completely Unorthodox Guide For Turning Clutter Into A Career”—and the creator of more than 200 “quick-start” business tools and templates for use by productivity professionals. She writes seven different blogs, has worked with hundreds of clients, and has delivered scores of presentations on getting organized. Ramona resides on the roads of America as a full-time RVer—living and working in a 29-foot Airstream. Learn more at and RamonaCreel.com.
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