Saturday, February 21, 2009

When the drama llama comes to town

Just shoot 'em, plant one right between the eyes.  Think that's too extreme? Okay, use a tranquilizer gun and aim for the fleshy bits. That's usually not hard to locate on that particular animal.

Again, you may think I'm being too harsh, but I've discovered in recent years that I have an extreme dislike of drama and those who manufacture it. I'm guessing that these are people who have never lived in a town that is less than 3 square miles, on an island of about 76 square miles. Set a year-round population of 3500 people into that space and you'll see some drama. Trust me on this.  

I don't really, fully, understand why some people feel the need to stir up issues, foment discord, and generally cause trouble. You've known someone like this haven't you? So what do you think? Entertainment? Insecurity? I dunno - maybe you can explain it to me.
With Stitches West right around the corner I've been thinking about last year and some of what occurred in the weeks prior, and how that might have affected my enjoyment of the event. Some might say that I opened a can of worms.  I don't mind letting a few worms out, even statistically significant amounts of worms, but there's a big difference between that and popping the top off a jar of a angry pit vipers, know what I mean? One could also point out that instead of fighting back, or asking for outside help/mediation, I chose to walk away.  I admit that might not have been the best choice, but it was the right one for me at the time.  Seriously, as I see it some things are worth fighting for and others are not.  Choose your battles.


Lisa said...

I know some people seem to thrive on it, but I am severely drama-challenged. I think there are very few disagreements that can't be resolved by negotiation, persuasion, bribery or clever blackmail.

I know what you mean about island living: I managed two years on a tiny one with too many relatives in close proximity, and had to give up and move to the lovely big anonymous city. The air may not be as fresh, but there's a LOT more of it.

Sheepish Annie said...

One of the OTs I used to work with asked me once before I embarked on yet another crusade, "Is this the hill you want to die on?" When I thought about it, it wasn't. Life is too short to fight every single battle. I applaud those who walk away and let others get hives over all the drama.

I like peace. And I will hide if that's what it takes to get it!

Carolyn (Harbor Hon) said...

I live with drama at work every day and wish I could just walk away, but my chain doesn't go that far. I think you did the right thing. No one needs to be stressed when they are blessed. You go girl! xxoo