Earlier today in a chat on Facebook, a friend said something to me which opened an old wound. He didn’t intend to hurt, indeed, he probably isn’t even aware he had touched on a sensitive topic.
But, combined with a number of things which went wrong today, the conversation put me in a foul mood. Through no fault of anyone.
Then, walking out my apartment, something dawned on me. I was about to snap at our building’s handyman who had promised to fix the bar in my bedroom closet last Thursday, but still had not done so. I checked myself when I realized I had wanted to vent about something entirely unrelated to the work that needed doing in my apartment.
Instead of lashing out, I reminded the handyman about the work that needed doing.
As I drove off, I wondered if some of those who lash out at us in particular (and conservatives in general) in the various comments sections to our posts, are doing what I almost did — project thee anger, anxiety or unease because of very setbacks in their own lives onto someone else, in this case, their ideological adversaries. Like the handyman almost was to me, we become a convenient target for them.
I was also reminded of a vow I once made, never to blog when in a nasty mood.