Offend: to irritate, annoy, or anger; to cause resentful displeasure in.

Occasionally, our thoughts and ideas here at annoy people. That may surprise you given what we create and publish.

It used to surprise me, but given the large number of people we reach every month, I get it. The chances of being misunderstood or sending a message that hits someone on a bad day get higher and higher.

But, there seems to be an increasing group of people in the world who are eager to pounce … eager to bring others down … eager to be content with mediocrity and get in the way of people who are trying to make good things happen (and then make better things happen).

And here’s the scary part…

I think it’s 212ers and Smovers that allow it. (I know I have at times.) Sometimes we’re just not up for the uncomfortable talk or encouraging the difficult change.

Let not any one pacify his conscience by the delusion that he can do no harm if he takes no part, and forms no opinion. Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing.”

John Stuart Mill (1806–1873)
British economist and philosopher

The Gomos & D-grunts have too much power in too many places and in too many moments.

They distract.
They exhaust.
They discourage care and slow progress (for everyone … including themselves).

Imagine if the engaged minority (that’s you and me, right?) became more offended by mediocre work and a lack of kindness.

What if we helped others see (through our example and occasional words) that it’s more fun to Cross The Line and be Smovers who Love Their People. What if we Lead Simply (regardless of title) more often than not?

What if we committed to that?

I think we’d have a better everything, don’t you?

One more thought below…

Cross the line. Encourage commitment and perseverance

One more idea…

For those D-grunt moments some of us have from time-to-time … when we feel that impatience or annoyance with someone or something…

What if we commit to ourselves that we’ll practice a pause for deeper understanding of the situation or what someone is trying to say (rather than being the smartest person in the room)? What if we partnered up with someone on the idea to help us get better with it?