Bluetooth earpiece that has wind reduction capabilities, we can walk 5 miles together while simultaneously solving the world's problems.
This morning she was telling me about a conversation she heard at work where a young (ish) girl was saying that she totaled her car because of the size of the Sonic cup her soft drink was in. According to the co-worker's account of the accident, the careless driver in front of her stopped suddenly. Co-worker said she would of avoided hitting the car had it not been for the Route 44 Sonic drink flying out of the cup holder. In her effort to save the drink or keep the soda flood at bay (take your pick which she was trying for) she let up on the brake and smashed into the car.
That wasn't even the end of the story. Co-worker girl said that she had moved back home after a divorce and really was fine with the car being totaled. It turns out that the insurance settlement paid off the loan with a bit of money to spare. She figured she could use her parents' car, thus not having a car payment. WIN, WIN!!!
Which brings up the subject of today's post.
Thought Number One : RATIONALIZING
(according to Wikipedia)
In psychology and logic, rationalization (also known as making excuses is an unconscious defense mechanism in which perceived controversial behaviors or feelings are logically justified and explained in a rational or logical manner in order to avoid any true explanation, and are made consciously tolerable – or even admirable and superior – by plausible means.
HHHMMM...I am not sure that I think the word unconscious needs to be involved. Besides, don't they mean subconscious. Would we even be making excuses if we were unconscious?? But I digress... I think many of us that have an extreme talent for justifying our behavior and we are very conscious while we make our excuses.
Dare, I say that I think our family has a genetic ability to find a positive spin on just about anything we want to justify. I come from a long line of people with this talent. Then, to really make sure that our gene pool remained pure, I married a guy that was equally great at rationalizing.
|Crabby Pants with her 1st cousin, Fancy Pants|
It was a DEAL!
(yes, you know who you are!)
Thought Number Two: Not a One Trick Pony
Our little tribe isn't just about being able to spin anything that could be perceived negative into something that is substantive positive, we also have a lock on being able to put off anything to a later date.
Yes, Grandson #2 now sports the phrase "maybe next Saturday", no matter what the request is. Our gene pool remains strong.
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