Blogging is another form of therapy. I’ve no clue who, if anyone, said that, but it sounds good. How did I ever make it all those years without running something by you, dear blogging friend?
So, here is the deal.
How often have you wanted to do the right thing but were unable to?
Sure, there are external forces preventing this: 1. The traffic jam last week when the highway patrol closed part of the freeway to get a biker off safely. 2. Getting home only to realize I forgot to buy a friend’s birthday gift, and no way was I going in that mayhem again. 3. Calling my husband to see if he’d stop, but the call went to voice-mail. He loves blasting the music in his car, tuning out the world. I should have known.
So, that little problem — my husband enjoying his music at levels that would blow my eardrums to smithereens — was enough to infuriate me. The biker on the freeway, the traffic jam, my forgetting to buy the gift, all became his fault. If only he’d lowered the volume, he would have heard the phone, stopped for the gift, saved me some time. And sanity.
Yes, the external forces push us to the brink, but I didn’t have to blow a fuse. Should have resisted the impulse. I didn’t have to let the inner forces act and prevent me from being my sweet self.
When M.J. Joachim — a blogger many of you probably know — sent an invitation to join Effectively Human, “a community for people striving to make the world a better place by being effectively human in a variety of ways,” I though: wow, how timely. Even better, one of the categories deals with family and relationships. Great inspiration for this post.
Being human — which many times is being good to others — is not always easy when the outside forces influence the inner good. Any lesson, any reminder to get over myself and look at what really matters, is appreciated. Thanks, M.J.
~~~ How do you fight the outside, negative forces?