Let Sleeping Dogs Lie!

Everyone has heard the phrase “Let sleeping dogs lie.”

I don’t know what it means to you but to me it means if there is no cause to start trouble, stir up a situation or excite someone then just let it go.  Let those dogs sleep.

Hopefully you have read my post about the world class bullshitter we have in our office.  I’m sure everyone has one in their work place.

But do you have one of the types I am going to write about?

Most of us let sleeping dogs lie, but do you have that person in your office who can’t let them sleep?  They just have to go up to the dogs and kick them in the ass.

You know the person who can’t just walk away and say nothing when it would be the best for everyone.  There is no plausible reason to stir up trouble and yet without fail that is what they do.

So why do they do it?  Drama.

They love drama and if at that moment they have no drama or not a sufficient amount of drama going on in their life they are going to create some.

Just like the bullshitter who lies and cons to create the attention they so desperately crave, this person, the trouble maker creates drama to gain the attention.

Now this next statement is a generalization but as I look back over the last 26 years at my job it seems to be true.

Most of these pot stirrers who are really drama queens at heart are young.  They can be male or female but they are young.  What do I mean by young?  I’d say under forty and probably more like in their twenties to mid thirties.

Why did they choose drama as their attention vehicle? I really don’t know.  Maybe their youth and family were full of drama and the only way they could get attention in the family was to create drama.  So to them drama is just a way of life.

Why aren’t there more, older drama queens?  Oh I’m sure there are plenty out there.

I do know that as I grew older and more mature the less and less drama I wanted in my life.

To me it’s not only a mental health issue but also a physical health issue.

Drama is stress and stress is bad for you.

I have heart disease.  Stress creates a fright of flight reaction.  This reaction causes your body to release some sort of chemical or enzyme that makes your blood thicken to help it clot.  It’s preparing you for some sort of physical trauma. I guess it goes back to the caveman and being prepared to be mauled by a tiger, bear or your fellow caveman.

So when they tear your arm off at the shoulder your blood will thicken and clot before you bleed to death.  The thought of that will stress you out.

So me with my arteriosclerosis can’t afford have that going on all the time as it may help the arteries in my heart clog and they don’t need any help.

Thanks heredity.

I don’t want stress.  I don’t look for stress.  I try to avoid stress whenever possible.  Go ahead and substitute drama for stress in the previous sentence and it means the same thing.

If I see that pack of sleeping dogs and they are not in my way and I have no need to confront them in order to get where I’m going, I’ll just walk right by them being as quiet as a mouse.

With age comes wisdom.

Avoiding drama and stress is the wise thing to do.

So for all you pot stirring drama queens out there, ‘”Let sleeping dogs lie.”

It’s good for your health.

© Otis P Smith and About the Groove, 2015. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Otis P Smith and About the Groove with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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