One of my past behaviours was being a mouthy prick – sometimes unkind, sarcastic – in order to prove that I was intelligent. I’ve talked before about how negativity is seen as being realistic while being positivity is delusional. Sullen is sexy, broken pulls the ‘I can fix them’ heartstrings. Intact & happy is often seen as smug, superior & arrogant – musts to avoid.
As a mouthy prick I always made sure I got in the last unkind word. Sometimes saving something in particular for that last sniping comment. The need for unkindness has pretty much disappeared. I’ve learned to keep my big mouth shut, trained myself not to take the bait, & leave the nastiness to people who get paid for it.
There was a competitive element in this as well, topping the other person’s remark with one of my own. I noticed recently that I still tend to do this but in a more subtle way. I often exchange sexy texts, found gifs, real pics, with a couple of guys I see. Fun & flirtatious but my competitive nature often means I have to get in the last word & can’t leave it when they say or post something hot, I have to find something or say something even hotter, to prove I feel as strong or even stronger than they do.
It dawned me that they wouldn’t even start this verbal, pictorial foreplay if they weren’t already aware of my attachment to them. I didn’t have to keep proving it to them. So I have stopped myself from sending one more reply. I let theirs be the last word. You know – good relationships have gotten better 🙂
is an ego construct that often leads to mud in it
negative is addictive and contagious
knowledge is fleeting at best
ability does allow for change
is it relevant to a point
in the beginning was the word so why not start there
again with that need for control for a sense of purpose
it is better to show than to tell
at last a break in the shackles of I
another ambiguity which opens the possibility that perhaps you don’t know where this is going and yet continue trying to take it somewhere
back to the insular self
ah don’t we all need that hopeful call though wishing is an abstraction. we long for something concrete
seesaw back & forth in this push pull of linguistics I you which is it to be inspiration or inconsequence
ah giving permission to the other to find an entrance in the process of thought and perhaps an indication of a dialogue with the I and the universe of potential
now closing so quickly after the promising invitation of would
a definitive article – are we heading for the concrete or at least a window
an unexpected turn of phrase that cools the room down without a window being opened
an indefinite direction how far is up when does up become up
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