there are very few people in this world i dislike. then there are the certain folks that get completely under my skin. for all the people in the world i love madly and deeply, and they are plentiful, there are a measly 1% that drive me absolutely batty. in fact, those are the people that tend to preoccupy my mind with negative and bitter thoughts, all day long if i let them. i feel my blood start to boil and curdle. i know it's an unhealthy weakness, but hey: i'm human. and usually, to my credit, it takes an awful lot of oblivious recklessness, self-centered narcissism, or greedy selfishness for someone to rattle my cage. the worst part being: they usually don't even know they're doing it! it's a true feat of meditation, telling myself again and again: let it go. you're not in charge of anyone but yourself. because really, truly, its my own damn fault if i let someone else's actions or attitudes stress me out, get my goat, or ruin my day. i know. i should never give anyone that kind of power over me. in the words of Gandhi: “Whenever you are confronted with an opponent, conquer him with love.” easier said than done, mr. mahatma, but i'll sure try.