Are you predictable
October 6, 2008 1:39pm CST
I got accused of being predictable in one of my replies to a post today. Mind you I was ranting on a familiar topic, so perhaps my comment was predictable. So my question to you is, are you predictable and is being predictable a bad thing in your mind?
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6 Oct 08
I am pretty much unpredictable. Not only are others unable to predict my behavior, but I am unable to predict it as well. It depends on my mood. I think that being predictable is the same thing as being in a rut of sameness, and maybe you've heard that the only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth, but there is something to be said for personal comfort. You could try doing something that you usually don't do once a week or doing something that you normally do in a different way, just to 'mix it up' a bit. I was going around doing everything that I normally do with my right hand with my left hand instead for awhile, just to change my perspective, hehehe. It was fun actually. The other night I was at a dinner party and one of the guests is a loose cannon... very unpredictable, but not at all in a good way. I was sitting there having a discussion about 'God' with our host when all of a sudden there came a drink sloshed in my face! Then another! I couldn't believe it! Everybody there would have predicted that I would have gotten very p!ssed off and that the two of us would have ended up in a drunken brawl, I would have predicted the same thing, but instead I burst out laughing! So there you have the perfect illustration, in my opinion, of 'the good, the bad, and the ugly' aspects of unpredictability, all rolled into one experience.
6 Oct 08
ROFLMAO!!! I almost spewed water all over my laptop after reading this topic. TOO FUNNY!!!! I'm a relatively predictable person, yes. I know my kids would say so for sure. I have routines I like to stick to, and according to my sons, I "always" make certain dinners, or "always" say this or that. To me, the predictability is security. Perhaps a false sense, but security nonetheless. Oddly enough, the times I play around with my predictable behaviour with my kids, I get accused of being like a good friend of mine. The boys will say to me, "MOM! Stop being like Jeff!" The funny thing is, those kinds of comments and attitudes are predictable behaviours of his. So confusing!!! (actually, the worst part for me is that he gets all the credit for MY glorious sense of humour!). Is being predictable a bad thing? I don't think so, not always. As I already stated, it allows for some sense of security about a person. However, in order to keep life interesting, those behaviours ought to be shaken up a bit now and then.
28 Nov 09
I am predictable in some ways, unpredictable in others. For example, I sit at the same table, at the same cafe, and order the same ting at the same time every day. I walk in there and say "the usual please!" and they know. However, the other day I did something spontaneous. We were out of our favourite Croatian plum brandy, and i wanted a bottle. Knowing it was not on an easy bus route, and knowing I wanted to get there before the store closed, I jmumped into a cab, went there, got a bottle, and then got the waiting cab back home. I wanted to surprise my husband. He was totally surprised, and would not have predicted that at all.