Thursday, January 12, 2012
Do what is responsible, then...
I don't delude my self to the fact that kids like to create mischief and go through unlocked cars. They may also take high-priced items they think they can move on eBay. When I was a kid living in New York, every house on our street got robbed... twice. Except ours: we had a very noisy German Shepherd. Hope for the best---prepare for the worst.
Sometimes that means swallowing a bitter pill of "my part" in a situation. I don't always get things right. I may think I see reality, but I could be reading the signs all wrong. I may be missing some key piece of information that unlocks a mystery and changes my perception of the whole situation.
When I get that information, and I realize I was seeing everything wrong... oof!! That's a blow to the ego. "Aw, crap!! I hoodwinked myself! D@mnit... *sigh*" Then it's time to look at things under this new light and change my behavior to match reality.
I may have used this analogy for acceptance before, but here it is again. It's like when I'm driving in traffic. I may not like that the car in front of me has slammed on its brakes, but I'm going to hit my brakes in response. I accept reality, even though I may not approve. Otherwise, I may crash.
But then after that difficult work of the soul is done, then I can allow my spirit to soar. I can remind myself that each day is an opportunity to do another great thing, share another cool insight, discover some new wonderful media. Life is hard, sure. But it doesn't have to be a drudgery.