Why lingering is perhaps the greatest sin of all …

IF I could snap my fingers, wave my wand, wriggle my nose or click my heels together I wouldn’t implore the powers that be to transport my a double s to Kansas — no offense to those of you that love your Jayhawks, but I’d use my wish for something greater … and no, I wouldn’t cure world hunger or poverty or fix global warming or the economy — I mean, hey, if I do that, what’s left for the politicians to do? Anyway, what I would do is sprinkle enough fairy dust over my fellow humans to thwart prolonged procrastination. In other words, I’d help light a fire under their a double ses and hope they move forward with their lives in a productive manner.


See I hate lingering. And believe me, I do not throw the word “hate” around lightly. But I hate seeing people waste time when, forgive the coined phrase, time is precious. Think about it for a minute — yes, I am asking you to linger over this thought a second, but once you do, you just might agree. Because lingering, be it in line at the grocery store (stop talking to the checker, I am behind you and I want to leave with my groceries before dusk) … or be it on a particular topic (we’ve already discussed that, please, for the love of God can we agree that a decision has been reached) … or be it on a particular thought, or incident (OK, OK, I know your parents got divorced when you were twelve, and yes, that must have been rough but come on already! You are forty!  Stop blaming your parents for your current emotional garbage — it is no longer their fault) … or whatever it may be on, it’s usually a waste of time and remember, time is precious.

OH, and while I’m sprinkling my fairy dust, I’d also cure meanness. I do not like mean people. Mean people suck. Do not yell at the waiter because your steak is cooked incorrectly — it’s an easy fix and you’ll probably end up getting it for free anyway. And, believe it or not, it is NOT the flight attendants fault that there are so many rules to follow while flying the friendly skies and since I for one would like to keep our skies friendly, please, sit you’re a double s back down, fasten your f’ing seat belt do as you and everyone else has been asked.

Today’s post inspired by The Daily Prompt: The Eighth Sin“Remember the seven cardinal sins? You’re given the serious task of adding a new one to the list — another trait or behavior you find particularly unacceptable, for whatever reason. What’s sin #8 for you? Why?” And in case I wasn’t clear, THOU SHALT NOT LINGER!

21 Comments Add yours

  1. anndelize says:

    I definitely agree with your comment on mean people. While it can be annoying I still tolerate lingering, but meanness not so much.

  2. One More Shot Please says:

    I completely agree with you. Sometimes I just want to tell those angry people to go take a hike.If they are having a bad day, there is no need to take it out on others. Also, people fail to see what it would be like to be in the other person’s shoes. We can’t just assume that the person is just a clutz or whatever. There must be a reason and we don’t have it. So it is better to be nice because if you ever need help, there will be no one beside you to come to the rescue if you are mean. I like your writing style! I chose ignorance. Please check it out at https://morescoopplease.wordpress.com/

  3. Big Daddy says:

    great post

  4. icedcappp says:

    Great list! People who text and drive should have their phones thrown out the car window, I say.

  5. Jolene says:

    gum chewing is the worse!! the smacking…the chewing with the mouth open..the snapping of the gum..urgh drives me bonkers!! I had a co-worker that snapped her gum hour after hour, I’m surprised that I wasn’t prescribed xanax just to calm my nerves ! I finally asked my boss to be moved………for my own sanity.

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