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The Bitch Slap: Petty Disingenuous Bullshit

Nov 30, 2009

What are you stepping in?Petty: [pet-ee] adj. (1) showing or caused by meanness of spirit; (2) having or showing narrow ideas, interests; (3) of little or no importance or consequence.

Disingenuous: [dis-in-jen-yoo-uhs] adj. lacking in frankness, candor, or sincerity; falsely or hypocritically ingenuous; insincere.

Bullshit: [bool-shit] noun. (1) Foolish, deceitful, or boastful language; (2) Something worthless, deceptive, or insincere.

I stumbled across this tweet from Chris Brogan yesterday. While my response was (admittedly) “Two shiny new bicycles!” it got me thinking:

Enough with the petty, disingenuous bullshit.

Not everything in life can have earth-shattering import. If it did, our minds would weigh so heavily that blinking would become a chore. But how much of what we focus on in our daily grind is simply petty, disingenuous bullshit?

I’m not particularly interested whether Tiger Woods is schtupping some strange. I could care less that Katie Holmes may (finally) be realizing she married an alien.

Life is riddled with small stuff. We’ve been told to not sweat it. It’s the fodder for hours upon hours of prime time television. But have you ever considered that television is where that small stuff belongs? We can turn it on, turn it off, order it on Netflix and send it back when we realize it sucks. In daily life, we’re not so fortunate.

Petty bullshit sucks our life blood. It drains our resources, depletes our emotional reserves and leaves us ill-equipped to deal with those things that matter to us most. Family, passion, business…they all suffer because we’re more concerned with inconsequential crap than the stuff that feeds us.

It’s the Bitch Slap. As you emerge from a holiday weekend of excess, take your face out of the fridge and turn it towards where you can actually see something other than gravy. Make your list:

What demands my attention?

Now – what actually requires my attention out of those demanding things?

And shift your focus. You may surprise yourself with how much bullshit you can actually dispense with. And the damnedest thing happens: you’ll find yourself with time to focus on things that matter.

So stop it. Right fucking now. The only thing that belongs up a turkey’s ass is stale bread. Put your head where it belongs, eh?

1 comments
Rich
Rich

Worrying what others think of you...PDB. It is amazing how much time one has when only the important stuff--stuff that *requires* my action or input--is focused on. Our ego tends to get in the way in the form of "my opinion on this is critical." Bullshit. If you're not a stakeholder, smile and move on enjoying your own life.:)