No, this isn’t about baseball. No, it isn’t about eating either. This is about how important it is for us to step up and own our actions. As we go through life, we begin as accepting small individuals, ready for all experiences until we are told to be afraid, to be careful, to censor ourselves. It is at this point that we let what others tell us to direct the course of our lives.
Once we are adults (or sooner if we are fortunate) we begin to question some of the lines we were fed as we grew up. We were taught by imperfect individuals we called our parents. Regardless of anything else, we looked at them as role models and as the harbinger of truth. In some cases they were but in other cases, they were not. They were parroting the examples set forth by their parents who were mimicking THEIR parents, and so on and so on... back several generations.
As we grow from toddlers into young adults, we are met with expectations, and we begin to hold ourselves to a certain form of behavior (or misbehavior). We do not yet understand that the rules that have been laid down before us are only a narrow guideline seen by the person sharing it. We then feel guilty or angry when we are presented with situations that conflict with these perceived “rules.” We wonder why we have a difficult time matching our behaviors with those rules. In other words, we expect perfection of ourselves.
We then continue to grow and question further. When we step up to the spiritual, awakened, plate, we realize that no matter what the rules or expectations, we simply should not hold ourselves to perfection. It is in the imperfections that we grow. Difficult situations are always going to present themselves. We will act and react according to our choices at the time. What may trigger anger one day, will simply be a slight irritation another day.
The best scenario for each of us is to acknowledge our feelings and learn to react as positively as you can. We cannot control the thoughts or events that show up in our lives, but we can control our
reactions so that the negative situations are minimized in their appearance. We can begin to lose the power of negative thoughts by recognizing them and letting them go. When we do this, we will realize we have stepped up to the plate and done the best we could do.
Something To Ponder