Arrogance is not a Quality–Even When You are Older

Aug 18th, 2009 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Coming to the point that you are able to confess to your faults, your errors, your inappropriate behaviors is a sign of genuine maturity.  Some, however, hang on to behaviors that are insulting, debasing, unkind, downright rude, and simply impolite.  The arrogance that comes with the latter is not a quality to be enjoyed or shared. It is not a trait that deserves witnesses or being passed around among friends, family, particularly children.  It is a sign of delayed development not sophisticated charm. 

Arrogance is “having an attitude.”  It is one not worth emulating, certainly not worth boasting about, and finally one that should excuse itself  from the room.  Some persons come by such behavior rather naturally, thinking they are gaining the center of attention.  Others cultivate it by being insulting to everyone with almost everything they say.  Some wear it on their sleeve.  Others advertise it with both verbal and non verbal behavior.  Some are so unsophisticated as to be totally unaware of the effect of their presence on others. 

Being arrogant, if it is frequently practiced, deserves to be introduced to etiquette or social graces or invited to leave the presence of those who find their behavior to be downright humorless, without class, and disrupting to the fun and enjoyment everyone else is experiencing.

Caught in the trap of arrogance, when such is called to the offender’s attention, the offender should adopt the Senior’s Confession: “I AM SORRY.  PLEASE EXCUSE ME. I WILL BE GOING NOW.”

Such ready and appropriate response to try to make amends will likely create a climate for forgiveness and a path to improve  behaviors that will keep you (if you are the one) on the invitation list of family and friends.



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