5-17-14 Life in the Parkie Lane

I Don't Think So, Buddy                                                            

While traveling on the freeway across Nebraska we had a trucker try using intimidation tactics.  As we were passing a vehicle at the posted speed limit, we had a truck come up fast behind us.  It got within a foot or two of our tailpipe! He then started flashing his headlights - all in efforts of intimidating us to go faster.  We said, "I don't think so, buddy," and kept the pace we were driving - especially because he tried to intimidate us.  Once we passed the vehicle and had reached a safe distance to merge back into the right lane, he whipped over into that lane, cutting off the vehicle we were passing and came roaring past us. 

Many people these days feel they should have their way and have no problem using intimidation to force others to bend to their opinions. The use of bullying, browbeating, coercion, threatening, demoralizing, one-upmanship, and scare tactics gets wearisome.

Through living life, I have learned that giving in to these tactics never works.  Then the intimidator has no respect for me and unleashes a torrent of belittlement. Social media seems to have become a place to be unsocial, cruel and harsh without seeing the hurt in someone's eyes.

I have found it is best to allow God to deal with the intimidators.  Whenever I have tried to deal with them myself, I get tangled up in the stress of the mess.

The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe. Proverbs 29:25 

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