For as long as I can remember, people have told me that I’m uptight. The less diplomatic ones will say I’ve got a pickle up my ass. I used to deny such allegations, but let’s stop pretending. I’ve definitely got a pickle up my ass, and I’m not sure that’s a bad thing.
I’m at peace with my uptight-ness. I’ve actually come to see that it’s a good thing. Allow me to explain.
People tend to equate uptight people with being “no fun”, someone who doesn’t like to live and relax and just be. (Ironically, people who are supposedly not uptight often get very upset with people who they deem to be uptight).
But let’s ask ourselves, what’s the opposite of uptight? Downtight?
What would a downtight person be like?
Someone who’s always “fun”, wants to live and let live and relax? Someone who doesn’t care to make sure they’re on time or punctual, if their house is tidy, if they’re well-prepared for meetings, or if they’re rehearsed enough for a performance, or if their bills are paid on time? Someone who doesn’t care to be precise, or neat, who’s happy with things being “close enough” or “good enough”?
Hmm… I don’t know how I like the sound of that. Someone who’s downtight might be fun to hang around, sometimes… if they show up, that is. How do I know they’ll be on time, or if they’ll still be in bed when we’re supposed to go lunch?
Do I want a downtight accountant, who doesn’t care whether everything adds up, or that my taxes are filed on time? Do I want a downtight doctor, who thinks that removing 80% of a tumor is “good enough”? For that matter, do I want to eat at a restaurant where the staff are laid back about washing their hands?
Personally, in most areas of my life, I want to deal with uptight people.
I like it when people show up to things on time.
I like it when people pay me on time.
I like it when people are prompt about replying to phone calls, emails and SMS’s.
I want an uptight dentist who’s picky about the work she does.
I want an uptight mechanic who thoroughly checks every nook and cranny of my car so that it doesn’t break down on the side of the freeway in the middle of a Canadian winter.
I want a spouse who’s uptight about money management and spending within our means.
The thing with downtight people is that, no matter how much they complain about your uptight-ness, there will invariably come a day when they come crawling to you, asking if they can take a bite of your pickle. Because it’s uptight people who have money saved when downtight people have blown theirs indiscriminately.
Uptight people cover their bases and think ahead to what might be coming next. Downtight people often run into problems that could have been prevented with just a little bit of planning and foresight.
To all downtight people out there – I don’t give you heck for being downtight (except when you’re late, or fail to pay on time, or aren’t prompt about communication, or aren’t thorough in the work you do). Why give me heck for being uptight?
So please think twice before telling me that I’ve got a pickle up my ass. You never know when you might come asking for a bite.
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