I smelled natural gas in our kitchen a little more than a week ago while running our dishwasher. Long story short, we called the fire department to come and test our home for a natural gas leak, which turned out to be a problem with the drain hose.
By the time the fire department arrived, we were all in the driveway with the dogs, and I was sitting on a folding lawn chair, with Buddy on a leash. When they came up the driveway, Buddy went berserk and yanked me, causing me to fall over sideways while in the chair.
I couldn’t immediately get out of the chair, so I was stuck in a lawn chair, sideways, in my driveway while the firemen, my family, and my neighbor stood there laughing and attempting to help me.
This is when I see my soul homework come to fruition in my life. Old Kari would have been so humiliated that she would have burst into tears. New Kari burst out laughing.
However, this situation reminded me of situations in my life that have typically embarrassed me, and I wondered if similar situations embarrassed you too.
When people sing the happy birthday song to me.
Having squeaky shoes in a quiet building or store.
Going to the public restroom in the stall next to a friend and they hear my bathroom noises (especially if it’s a new friend).
Any sort of awkward silence situation.
Standing in the airplane aisle, waiting to get to my seat in the back of the plane while others sit in their seats, staring up at me.
Saying hello to someone and then realizing they’re talking on a bluetooth. But they don’t even acknowledge my mistake. They just continue to talk on their bluetooth.
Driving into a car wash and being unable to get my tires onto the car track while the attendant looks at me blankly.
When someone is talking about something I’m not interested in and I wasn’t paying attention, then they ask me a question but I only nod and smile because, again, I wasn’t paying attention.
What are some situations that make you feel embarrassed?