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Navigating an Angry World

Hi everybody, I’m Mike Staver. This is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. Here’s this week’s question:

The world seems angry and like manners & decency have largely been abandoned. What are your suggestions for navigating a world like that?

Don’t be angry. Have good manners. Be nice yourself.

I totally agree with you. The world does seem angry, it does seem a little nasty, and it does seem a little snarky. Here’s the deal. You gotta be the thing you want. Be nice!

I was coming out of a store last weekend and I held the door for somebody and you know what they said? They said “What makes you think I can’t hold my own door?” You know what I wanted to do? Slam the door in their face! But I didn’t.

So if you want to deal with angry, ill-mannered, indecent humans, you gotta be nice yourself. And it’s hard to do. It is hard to do! Particularly if you are surrounded by it all the time.

You guys have heard me on other Mondays with Mikes say that I don’t watch the news, I don’t read the newspaper, I don’t do any of that stuff that’s going to churn up my own stuff. Because I’m kind of a justice, fairness guy, and all that makes me crazy.

Hope that’s helpful! Be nice yourself, have manners, and then if you have people who are ill-mannered and not decent, and they’re mean… invite them out of your life! Very very important.

I’m Mike Staver, take care.

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