I hadn’t had the experience of someone being outright rude to me in such a long time, I forgot what that sting feels like. It started to get easy for me to hear someone complain about being disrespected and me thinking (with some degree of smugness) “Hey. Let it go. Don’t let someone else’s crazy bring you down.” Then came this week!
A woman threatened to sue me. She has no grounds and I know her threat was her way of digesting her own mistake. That drama came on the heel of someone else telling me to “Shut up,” seasoned with several derogatory comments about my lack of intelligence and my “rediculous” belief system.
As the week wound down, someone very close to me told me she disagrees with what I wholeheartedly believe to be true. Of course she has that right! So does Ms. I’m-gonna-sue-your-ass and Mr. You’re-a-dumb-bell-non-believer.
There was a time when I’d have defended myself–even congratulated myself on my snappy come-backs.
I did not respond with anger this week. (My body did react, (Ouch.) but it’s on a slower track than the rest of me.) I will choose to accept what this week has given me—a lesson in humility, a window to remember what was compared with what is. And what growth still eludes me. Compassion, (for me and them) has nothing to do with being right or wrong and everything to do with love.
Thanks for listening.