14. Feb, 2017
Getting Your Goat
No-one Can Get Your Goat Unless You Show Them Where It's Tethered!
A dictionary defines "Getting your goat" as 'one who has been annoyed or made angry by another'.
The expression is thought to come from the tradition in horse-racing of putting a placid goat in the stall of a thoroughbred to calm him the night before a race.
But, unlike horses, you and I actually 'consent' to someone rubbing us up the wrong way!
'Consent' means to agree to something; ergo, you and I agree to someone else annoying us, so why do we do it?
Unlike animals, you are in charge of you. So, the next time you start to feel you are getting a tad annoyed by someone, remember, it isn't the other person doing it to you, IT'S YOU DOING IT TO YOURSELF!
Try any/all of these responses when someone is being 'unnecessary' ...
1. Politely smile
2. Thank them for their frankness
3. Exclaim, "I hope I haven't done something to upset you?"
4. Offer a handshake
5. Say absolutely nothing
Complicated is Easy! Simple is Hard!