One of my favorite motivators said, “How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.” He also said, “Conflict cannot survive without your participation.” That from Wayne Dyer, who sadly just recently passed.
I’ve been conflicted lately as there is such going on in my world, so much happening around me, so much affecting me that I don’t know what day it is – literally.
To get right to the point of my war: my husband got fired four weeks ago and my faith has been tested the last few months by a conundrum that is not mine but that I got immersed in. Our family, in addition to the firing, is also dealing with a battle that keeps resurfacing. What to do? Many of my friends would say grab a bottle and chug. Well, oops, that is part of the problem. So, what do you do next?
Go on vacation!
Breaking news: Mandatory evacuation has been issued for Ocracoke.
Vacation is off…for the third time. Can’t say we didn’t give it the old college try. Insert HUGE sigh.
I’m mad. I’m broken. I’m confused. I’m tired. And I have failed to react (well, maybe I did a little). Wayne would be proud. I’m growing, but I’m still desperately conflicted so I guess I should watch one of his shows again. Hmmm, ugh. Or I could just stop participating with my own self talk. I can’t change the way someone thinks about me and it honestly doesn’t mean it’s true. Did you hear that people? Because you think something about someone does not make it true. Let that sink in.
What I’m learning through all these experiences lately is that I have a choice to respond or react, listen or ignore. I really want to shout, “What is wrong with you people!” But that wouldn’t be polite and it is a reaction. Instead I have chosen, and God has a BIG part in this, to wait and respond with grace and dignity. Now, mind you, I have and am growing into this. I still feel sick to my stomach at the thought of a friend being unwilling to see clarity in their situation. I feel sick about being tossed aside when I have been nothing but upfront. But, we have choices, we’re given free will and I believe what they always say…Karma is a b#$&@!