Encountering The Bee In Your Bonnet Person

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    Encountered The Bee In Your Bonnet Person

These are the just "naturally" crabby people. The Lucy character in Peanuts. The Maxine lady of cartoon fame. They can find you nearly anywhere. In a comment in your blog post. In a reply to a comment on their blog post. In the passenger seat as you drive this buyer around. An Associate REALTOR on the other end of the phone. An email communication from someone that takes you by surprise with THIS part of their personality showing. We all have our off days, but the "bee in your bonnet person" is having an especially grouchy moment. One thing I know is THEY are right and you are wrong, at least for this moment. Don't even try to reason with them.

I think some of it has to do with having a bad day or getting up on the wrong side of the bed or something, but you just have to step back from this massive crabby negativity bent on ruining your day with the venom they spew. I cut people some slack in this area on an "occasion" but if they are the persistent bee in your bonnet person I cut them loose. I have concluded very clearly it is THEM not me with the problem.

Life is too short to hang closely with these what only can be called bitter people.


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Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Dan and Amy: It feels like that misery loves company when they surprise you out of the blue with their grumpiness. You can tolerate it for awhile, but not long.

Larry: Being the BEST YOU Larry you can never go wrong. Remain professional, polite, respectful, have dignity, and care about others. If they want to act callous or otherwise demeaning like you said, that is THEM. Don't stoop to their level.

Sharon: I love those Virginia bug in your shorts terms. Too funny. Negative Nellie's or Norman's too. I see you have been there with these people a time or two.

Apr 04, 2011 10:46 AM #11
Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind
KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate - Tucson, AZ

HI GARY!  I ran into one of the bees at the post office today!  Yikes!  I just smiled and smiled some more!

Apr 04, 2011 10:56 AM #12
Cherise Selley
Selley Group Real Estate, LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Realtor


They're everywhere.  Just go to church or go out to eat or look around as you're driving.  The nonverbal cues give them away - furrowed brows and scowls on their faces.  YIKES... g

Apr 04, 2011 11:11 AM #13
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Oh Gary..What a fantastic post..I am a lucky person.. My Mother taught me to always look at the bright side of life... I am allergic to BEES


Apr 04, 2011 11:46 AM #14
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Gabrielle: See, you do see them here and there LOL.

Gordon: They're everywhere. I love that observation. I think one or two who popped up in my life recently spurred me to write this post.

Hannah: Your Mom taught you well.

Apr 04, 2011 12:10 PM #15
Barb Szabo, CRS
RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio - Cleveland, OH
E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes
Sometimes it has to be about just walking way because as you said, life is short. Great post Gary!
Apr 04, 2011 01:16 PM #16
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Barb: Walking away works for me if they won't get the bee out of the bonnet.

Apr 04, 2011 02:09 PM #17
Mike Wong
Keller Williams Realty Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
Realtor: Commercial, Residential, Leasing, Invest

Good topic Gary. I treat each bee on a case by case basis. Usually if they are really bent out of shape its better to revisit with them later, though I typically like to address and handle things on the fly. Now I brought up flies... great.

Apr 04, 2011 02:40 PM #18
Carl Winters
Canyon Lake, TX

There are too many positive thinking honey bees out there. Don't hang with the crabby bee in the bonnet type folk, they will never change.

Apr 04, 2011 02:50 PM #19
Pam Miller
Realty Associates - Friendswood, TX
Broker Associate - Pearland/Friendswood

Gary, life is too short to let those turkeys...I mean bees...bring you down.  But, seriously, being around grumpy people tends to make me lose my sunny disposition!@

Apr 04, 2011 02:57 PM #20
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Gary,

I couldn't agree with you more!! Lose anyone who is crabby..life is way too short!

Apr 04, 2011 03:59 PM #21
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Hi Gary!  SOOO true!  I've run into a few of these bees myself and I just fan them away!  No one is going to rain on MY party!!

Apr 04, 2011 04:25 PM #22
Trey Thurmond
BCR Realtors - College Station, TX
College Station , Texas Homes


Always like you insight about people. Yes there are some that just aren't worth putting up with and eventually you have to just stay away from.

Apr 04, 2011 05:14 PM #23
Ann Allen Hoover
RE/MAX Advantage South - Hoover, AL
CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL

Hi Gary!  I'm on my way to Team Meeting in a few minutes which is usually pretty fun.....if I can keep away from that one grouchy person.  :o)

Apr 05, 2011 02:12 AM #24
Allison Stewart
St.Cloud Homes - Saint Cloud, FL
St. Cloud Fl Realtor, Osceola County Real Estate 407-616-9904

GARY-I just love your posts!   The world is full of interesting people-crabby ones included.  I often feel sorry for them as they are missing out onthe opportunity to enjoy things in life.

Apr 05, 2011 03:06 AM #25
Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor

When I was young, I always said I wanted to grow up to be crotchedy.  Maybe not so much now!  Now that I could actually be....

Apr 05, 2011 05:37 AM #26
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Gary we can laugh at Maxine because she is brutally honest and we don't have to live with her LOL

Apr 05, 2011 05:40 AM #27
Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate
M & M Realty of Brevard Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast

Gary, It's so hard to know what someone else's life has been like, as we've never walked in their shoes. Some just take it in stride and live life to the fullest.  Others wear it as a chip on their shoulder. It's a choice that each individual must make for themselves.


Apr 06, 2011 07:50 AM #28
Peggy Wester
Realty Executives Integrity - Grafton, WI
Real Estate Agent Ozaukee & Washington County

I love this. Haven't been around some "bee in my bonnet" people for a few months and am amazed at the positive change in my demeanor!

Apr 08, 2011 02:39 AM #29
Renae Bolton
Marketing 4 Realtors - Garfield Heights, OH
I'm your Professional Real Estate Marketing VA!

You know I have some little kids in my home, Gary, right? Well, one day they were watching Sesame Street. My daughter loves the Grouch character. Every time he comes on, she just laughs. One day, I asked, "why is he so grouchy??" She replied, "He's happy when he's grouchy!"  Truer words have never been spoken, huh?  That from a 6 year old.  Some people are just happy being grouchy.  But like those who have replied here before me, I just don't have time for grouchy in my life. When the kids are grouchy, I make them have alone time - in a separate part of the house so that everyone else isn't affected by their attitude. It makes things so much easier.  Too bad we can't just put all the grouchy people in our lives on time out!


Apr 10, 2011 07:27 AM #30
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